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UCLA Informs USC Band that Drum Major Will Not Be Allowed to Stab Field


Dec 26, 2009; San Francisco, CA, USA; The Southern California Trojans mascot before the game against the Boston College Eagles in the 2009 Emerald Bowl at AT

The 2012 edition of the USC vs. UCLA rivalry has taken an interesting turn, with five days left until the teams collide in Pasadena. According to a source close to USC’s Spirit of Troy, the Trojans’ band has been informed by UCLA officials that the school’s sword-wielding drum major will be prohibited from his traditional pregame stabbing of the grass this weekend at the Rose Bowl.

Furthermore, according to the source, the band has been told that should the sword be inserted into the turf, secruity would prevent the band from taking the field for a pregame or halftime show, as they would be limited to playing from the stands.

The push to ban the sword stabbing was vocalized on the internet through an open letter run by the controversial UCLA fan site BruinsNation.com, which encouraged the university to “defend the logo” and restrict the access of the drum major through the use of an on-field protest.

We would prefer to not have to ask our football team to defend our logo. We would prefer to have our Spirit Squad and the UCLA Band do it. We would even welcoming allowing Den members special field access for pre-game ceremonies for the specific purpose of defending our logo.

We would even be willing to do it ourselves if the consequences would not include being arrested and removed from the game for entering the field of play.

So, we are turning to the guys who make up the bulk of individuals who have field access to ask you to find a group of 5 to 10 guys to defend our logo. They can be guys who are redshirting or not playing due to injury. They could even be reserves who will not see any game action. While it doesn’t really matter who it is, we would prefer it interfere with pre-game preparation as little as possible. We do not want it to be a distraction.

The band was not informed as to whether or not Bruins Nation’s campaign has aided UCLA’s push towards banning the sword stabbing. Instead, they were told that it resulted from a Pac-12 promotional video that went viral after it outraged UCLA’s fan base for depicting the drum major stabbing the turf at the Rose Bowl as he stood over the UCLA wordmark.

As for the Spirit of Troy, it’s unclear at this time as to whether or not the drum major will stab the sword.

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  • Pathetic bRuins…….

    Pathetic bRuins…….

  • http://www.facebook.com/mick.rose.397 Mick Rose

    Stab their loco logo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    We Are SC!
    Fight On!!!!!

  • Truth Teller

    “You
    are the definition of what a whining, winless culture does to a fan
    base and the fact your school backed you up on this should make any
    college football fan sick.” — A Trogan calling UCLA a whining fan base
    is hilarious. I suppose it’s not ok to complain about someone trying to
    impale our logo but it’s perfectly ok to cheat to create a “winning”
    culture then complain and whine about it when the NCAA brings down the
    hammer.

    • TakeTheField

      When the punishment is handed down by an organization and a man (Paul Dee) who deal in nothing but hypocrisy, no one aside from Trojan fans and journalists know what the NCAA case is REALLY about (I’ll give you a hint, it had NOTHING to do with accusations of USC or its boosters paying players), and other schools like North Carolina get lighter punishments for far worse transgressions, USC has every right to call BS.

      You, on the other hand, throw a massive tantrum over a guy in a costume with a prop sword. So, yeah. YOU’RE WHINERS.

      • Truth Teller

        1) It’s our house and our field. The fact that you are complaining about following a simple rule in our house speaks to the entitlement usually surrounding Trogans. You want to stab your own field, knock yourselves out.

        2) The reason you got harsher penalties was not due to the nature of the infractions, but rather the attitude that emanated from the school after the NCAA began its investigation. You guys bit your thumbs at the NCAA and stonewalled at every possible junction. THAT’S why you got hit with such severe lack of institutional control penalties.

    • GoJoeBruinUCLA

      HAHA. “Awww, what do you MEAN we’re banned from stabbing the logo? That’s like, the millionth thing our athletics program has been banned from :-(

  • Andrew_Mc

    “We would prefer to not have to ask our football team to defend our logo.”

    I’m guessing this is because they can’t?

  • GoJoeBruinUCLA

    The level of hurt from USC fans I’m seeing today is delicious.

  • Bruin

    Honestly who cares… it’s tradition. It brings fire to the rivalry. It gets Trojans and Bruins alike pumped up for the game. It has no effect on the game, our schools, or our players. It’s just showmanship.

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  • Fresh Prince

    Why don’t we just stab the endzone? There is no way the Bruins know where that is. #50toNothing

  • http://www.facebook.com/phill.hong Phill Hong

    He can stab the footballs for barkley so they wont be over inflated…..kinda like preseason rankings

  • Trojanman

    This must be Obama’s idea!

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