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.

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