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Pac-12 slices promotional video after UCLA protests

Bruins officials take offense to segment on rivalries that features a USC drum major planting a sword in UCLA logo at Rose Bowl. Trojans react with a yawn.

September 08, 2011|By Chris Foster and Gary Klein
  • Objections from UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero, shown in 2007, prompted the Pac-12 to change a promotional video; USC drum major Ed Carden places a sword in midfield during a 2008 game at the Rose Bowl.
Objections from UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero, shown in 2007, prompted… (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times;…)

It turns out that the Pacific 12 Conference's taste in video selections was a little too pointed for UCLA's liking.

The conference had posted on its website a promotional video that included a segment on rivalries. The chosen clip showed a Trojans drum major planting a sword in the UCLA logo near midfield at the Rose Bowl.

That didn't go over too well in Westwood.

"I felt the clip was inappropriate and expressed my displeasure to Pac-12 officials," UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero said.

The Pac-12, with much larger issues currently on its table, obliged. A conference spokesman said the video was pulled "out of respect for UCLA" and would be reposted after it was re-edited.

So credit UCLA with a win — at least over the Pac-12. Against USC on a football field, the Bruins have lost 11 of 12. The Trojans also have won the all-sports competition against UCLA four consecutive years and five of the last six.

Over at USC, the dust-up was greeted with a yawn.

"Whatever. If that's what they're worried about," Trojans linebacker Chris Galippo said, "I don't think anyone here would really care."

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