The list of Longhorn Legends reads longer than a Lord of the Rings novel, but who is the ultimate Texas Longhorns ambassador? That's what Horns Illustrated aims to determine in our Longhorn Legends Face-off and the answer lies in your hands.
The Coaches & Colleagues Regional Final features the master versus mascot. Coach Darrell Royal made quick work of Augie Garrido last round, but Bevo stands directly in his path to the Final Four. Will Royal take Bevo by the horns or will college football's greatest mascot rush his way to the next round? You decide who moves on, so get to it!
Coach Darrell K. Royal left such an unrivaled impression on the city of Austin, the word legend almost seems unworthy of him. Royal embodied the best of Austin, loving both college football and the live music scene. During the week, you were as likely to see him brag about handing the mic to friend Willie Nelson as he was of seeing quarterback James Street hand off the ball during one of Royal's three national championship seasons. The superlatives never end when discussing Darrell Royal. An innovator, he installed UT's famous wishbone offense. He never coached a losing season in his twenty years at UT, finishing with a 167-47-5 overall record that included 11 SWC titles.The man crafted words with the best of them, belting out "Royalisms" like, ""God gives talent, size, speed. But a guy can control how hard he tries." But most importantly, he was a truly remarkable person who never let his larger than life presence prevent him from touching everyone around him.
Bevo bears an absolute reputation as one of the most iconic mascots in college. The shape of the Longhorn's head and horns gives rise to the school's hand symbol and saying, "Hook 'em Horns", and he is never too far from the end zone as the Texas football team rushes to victory. Deemed "the toughest-looking animal mascot in sports," Bevo represents the mighty and unyielding spirit of the university. Anybody who dares to question that faces the unenviable chance of being overrun by Bevo's outstretched horns. Luckily for Bevo's opponents, the Longhorn almost always keeps his cool. Its easy to maintain a steady demeanor when you know you represent the best.