Mex loved the
college life at OU. He became
an instant hit around campus, always willing to greet fellow students
with an enthusiastic "hello" and tail wag. Mex’s experience as an Army medic
mascot landed him the mascot job with OU.
He soon found himself roaming the sidelines of OU
football and baseball games. As
the OU mascot, he
usually wore a red
sweater with the letter “O” on the side.
One of his main jobs was to keep stray dogs from roaming the
field during the games. Back in those days, the football field was more
accessible to non-ticket holders.
Mex took up residence in the Kappa Sigma fraternity house on campus. He quickly became Oklahoma’s most famous dog. A joyous victory bark cheered Sooner touchdowns at football games and punctuated home runs at baseball games. Mex began to gain national attention in October 1924 after OU lost a game to Drake University. On the way back to Norman from Des Moines IA, the team’s train made a stop in Arkansas City KS. Mex came up missing when the train left Arkansas City and it was discovered he was not on board. Rumors spread across the Midwest that Mex was returning to Des Moines to attack the Drake Bulldogs and avenge the loss. A 50-cent reward was offered to anyone who could return Mex back to OU. A few days later, Mex was found pacing the train station platform in Arkansas City by OU graduates J.D. Hull, Hughes B. Davis and J.C. Henley . The men drove Mex to the next Saturday game at Stillwater. Mex was even poisoned once by fans of a rival school. Not a nice thing to do. But he was one tough dog, and he quickly recovered. After that, he learned to eat only from the hands of his caretakers.
remained at OU after Keys left. The university had claimed him as
their own. His outgoing personality made him a favorite among
all OU fans and he attracted a crowd wherever he went.
Mex died of old age on April 30, 1928. He was so popular among students and faculty that the university closed for his funeral and procession on May 2, 1928. He was buried in a small casket somewhere under the existing stadium.
Mex is officially recognized by OU as their first mascot and one of the
early legends of Sooner football. In fact, his picture is even
part of the large mural located in the Barry Switzer Center on campus. The
mural contains pictures of coaches and players who formed the great
tradition of OU football. Mex is located in the lower left corner
of the mural among memorabilia of OU's past.