New Texas university debating different mascot

"Bucky," Texas-Pan American's "Bronc" mascot, which has been in use since 1927. (Courtesy: UTPA's spirit website)

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — The debate continues about whether Texas’ new university on the border should get a new mascot. The new school in South Texas — University of Texas Rio Grande Valley — is the result of a merger of Texas-Pan American and University of Texas-Brownsville. The university’s first class will start in fall 2015.

The Brownsville Herald reports the Brownsville City Commission is considering a resolution asking the university’s new president to choose a new mascot, instead of those currently being used by the Rio Grande Valley’s two universities. Brownsville’s resolution says the new mascot would be an opportunity “for a new identity for a new university.” But the City of Edinburg is calling for the preservation of Bucky, Texas-Pan American’s “Bronc” mascot, which has been in use since 1927. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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