- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The athletic nickname for the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will be the Vaqueros (vuh-KER’-ohs), which is Spanish for cowboys.

The University of Texas System Board of Regents unanimously approved the name on Thursday. The board also approved using blue, green and orange as the colors for the new university.

The new school, which is result of the merger of UT-Pan American and UT-Brownsville, begins classes next fall. UTRGV will also have a medical school.

UTRGV President Guy Bailey had recommended the nickname and colors after months of soliciting input. Bailey says he chose the Vaqueros because he wanted to recommend something authentic to the Rio Grande Valley.

The next step will be designing logos.




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