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.