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April 29, 1987 | JERRY CROWE, Times Staff Writer
Russ Saunders, a former USC football player who was the model for the Tommy Trojan statue, died Tuesday at St. Joseph's Hospital in Burbank. He was 81. Cause of death was unknown, a hospital spokesman said. A three-year letterman at USC, "Racehorse Russ" played on the Trojans' first national championship team in 1928 and was the Player of the Game in the 1930 Rose Bowl, his last college game.
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November 6, 2013 | By Chris Foster
USC has introduced a new mascot to hang with Tommy Trojan during basketball. His name … wait for it … is Traveler. Yes, Traveler for USC basketball games . Apparently “Airball,” “Brick” and “Double Dribble" were taken. The horse costume will be at men's and women's basketball games this season. Some might also point out that USC having a mascot named for a violation is not the best PR move. Introducing our new @USC_Hoops and @USCWBB mascots… Tommy and Traveler!
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September 19, 1985 | DAVID WHARTON, Times Staff Writer
There are few clues to Richard Saukko's "other life" as you walk through his Saugus ranch on a windy late-summer afternoon. Several white Arabian horses amble across a dusty corral. Up the hill, in front of the house, stands a wire-mesh skeleton of a prancing stallion that formed the headpiece to a Rose Parade float. Saukko himself wears a cardinal-and-gold USC cap.
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May 15, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Tommy Trojan is tapping the entertainment industry -- again. In years past, the University of Southern California has received large gifts from Hollywood moguls to support its academic programs. In 2006, George Lucas donated $175 million toward the university's film school. In 2012 Robert Zemeckis gave $5 million to help fund a digital arts facility. Now hip-hopper/entrepreneur Dr. Dre (aka Andre Young) and his longtime associate, music mega-producer Jimmy Iovine, are awarding the school $70 million to start up what's being described as an Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation.
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October 16, 1998 | PHIL WILLON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Republican congressional candidate Randy Hoffman has run afoul of Tommy Trojan. Officials from the University of Southern California ripped into Hoffman, a 1976 USC graduate, for misusing the Tommy Trojan logo in a campaign mailer recently sent to university alumni. The two-page mailer, paid for by the Hoffman campaign, was sent from "USC Alumni for a Stronger America," based in Thousand Oaks and signed by four Hoffman supporters. The letter urged alumni to support "a fellow Trojan for Congress."
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November 21, 2011 | By Chris Foster
There is pomp and circumstance on one side and paranoia on the other. This is the UCLA-USC football rivalry — even away from the field. The Trojans and Bruins face off in their annual game Saturday night at the Coliseum. But the games relating to the game have already begun. USC and UCLA students are playing offense and defense, keeping a close eye on statues of Tommy Trojan and the Bruin Bear. This marks the 70th anniversary of the first hostilities. So, on a stormy Sunday afternoon . . . Three Trojan Knights, one in a suit and bow tie, dance in the rain to Fleetwood Mac's "Tusk," part of an hourly ritual that includes ringing the Victory Bell and bellowing a USC chant.
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November 14, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
In the last 15 years, I've covered nearly every USC road game where the Trojans marching band performs on the field, and there's always a moment in those games that makes me cringe. It's the moment before the pregame show in which the USC drum major majestically - or is that tauntingly? - plants a sword in the middle of the opponent's field. I hate it. I'm stunned other schools allow it. It feels like more than just a piece of metal digging into grass, it feels like a lack of respect burrowing under the stadium's skin.
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February 21, 2004
There is only one statue on campus at USC -- that of Tommy Trojan. After reading Ross Newhan's fabulous column (Feb. 14) on the life and times of Rod Dedeaux, the university should consider erecting a statue to this outstanding person who has contributed nearly 70 years of his long life to USC baseball. Cliff Dektar North Hollywood
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October 16, 1998
Republican congressional candidate Randy Hoffman has run afoul of Tommy Trojan. Officials from USC ripped into Hoffman, a 1976 USC graduate, for misusing the Tommy Trojan logo in a campaign mailer recently sent to university alumni. The two-page mailer, paid for by the Hoffman campaign, was sent from "USC Alumni for a Stronger America" based in Thousand Oaks and was signed by four Hoffman supporters. The letter urged alumni to support "a fellow Trojan for Congress."
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May 15, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
Tommy Trojan is tapping the entertainment industry -- again. In years past, the University of Southern California has received large gifts from Hollywood moguls to support its academic programs. In 2006, George Lucas donated $175 million toward the university's film school. In 2012 Robert Zemeckis gave $5 million to help fund a digital arts facility. Now hip-hopper/entrepreneur Dr. Dre (aka Andre Young) and his longtime associate, music mega-producer Jimmy Iovine, are awarding the school $70 million to start up what's being described as an Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation.
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May 7, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
The first time the two Los Angeles Police Department officers walked to the backyard of an off-campus house party near USC, they had no problem with the crowd as they told the organizer to turn off the music and begin shutting down the party. The officers walked across the street to another party in the area of West 23rdand Hoover streets, told them to shut it down, but returned to the first party when it seemed their instructions had been ignored. But when they went into the house to question the organizer the second time, about 2 a.m. Saturday, they and two other officers who arrived were surrounded by an angry crowd that yelled at them and tried to keep them from taking the now handcuffed and detained organizer outside, according to the LAPD.
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May 6, 2013 | By Angel Jennings and Andrew Blankstein
Dozens of USC students gathered on the steps of the Tommy Trojan statue in protest of what they said was racial profiling by police. The students staged the sit-in after a clash early Saturday morning with Los Angeles Police Department officers at an off-campus party. Dozens of LAPD officers wearing protective gear broke up the party, composed of a majority black crowd. Six people were arrested.  Partygoers said police shouted expletives, wielded their batons and displayed Tasers.
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April 11, 2013 | Chris Erskine
Pat Haden always seemed like a well-scrubbed character from your mother's favorite musical, so when he showed up last week in USC's big spring production — actors, crew and musicians outnumbering the football team — it wasn't surprise casting. Indeed, it might be yet another new career for the guy who vertically leaps from one thing to the next the way you and I leap from tee box to tee box. If this keeps up, he'll soon be running Paramount. Still, the other night he used the word "fidoodled," in his role as Postman No. 2. As in: "the way he's got this place all fidoodled up for you. " Musical theater may never be the same.
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November 28, 2012 | Chris Erskine
This might be the worst sports bar in the world. Traditions, or colloquially, Traddies, resides down four flights of stairs, below Middle-earth, on the cramped but still-sexy-after-all-these-beers USC campus. As sports bars go, the vibe is just OK - neither unpleasant nor pleasant. The service is a bit noncommittal as well: 40 minutes for a beer, an hour for a burger. Guess they weren't expecting such a big crowd for a USC-Notre Dame game. Would somebody horse-collar that waitress?
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November 23, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Question: Where do you put USC's chances of knocking Notre Dame off? Chris Larsen Answer: I put the chances smack dab between my bobbleheads of Tommy Trojan and Lou Holtz. Seriously, I think USC has a decent chance. My colleague Gary Klein made an interesting point this week about USC's defense. Coordinator Monte Kiffin has had nightmarish results trying to defend spread offenses in the Pac-12 Conference, but Notre Dame takes a more traditional, straight-forward approach.
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November 14, 2012 | Bill Plaschke
In the last 15 years, I've covered nearly every USC road game where the Trojans marching band performs on the field, and there's always a moment in those games that makes me cringe. It's the moment before the pregame show in which the USC drum major majestically - or is that tauntingly? - plants a sword in the middle of the opponent's field. I hate it. I'm stunned other schools allow it. It feels like more than just a piece of metal digging into grass, it feels like a lack of respect burrowing under the stadium's skin.
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August 30, 1997
Now that a new college football season is upon us, I thought I could save you quite a bit of column space and review time by having you print this letter every week: Why does your sports page continue to show blatant bias in favor of (UCLA/USC, pick one) over my team (pick the other one)? You might as well just let the sports information office at (UCLA/USC, you get the idea) write your articles. My team has proven by its play to deserve equal treatment, yet you persist in your agenda.
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November 23, 1996
I am writing to let all those UCLA fans who love to bash USC after a loss know that they shouldn't waste their time and write to "Viewpoint." We USC fans feel exactly the same way about our coach and our team. DAVID ARAMBULA Torrance A UCLA FIGHT SONG FOR 1996 Five straight years we've beat the Trojans, Though they talk a lot of trash. First they brag, then spirits flag, And then their egos crash! Crash! Crash! Crash! Bruins beat the vaunted Trojans, with regularity!
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November 1, 2012 | By Kate Mather, Andrew Blankstein and Jack Leonard, Los Angeles Times
The Halloween party was going strong at the heart of the USC campus. Inside the student center, about 400 people danced to a DJ under rave lighting while more than 100 milled around outside trying to get into the event, which boasted tight security. "Strict off-duty officers plus campus [police] = no worries," one online ad for the party said. But about 11:45 p.m., gunshots were fired in the crowd outside, not far from the university's Tommy Trojan statue. Students screamed and ran for safety.
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October 23, 2012 | Chris Erskine
Some of the other notable sports statues around Southern California: STAPLES CENTER: Jerry West Magic Johnson Wayne Gretzky Chick Hearn Oscar De La Hoya ANGEL STADIUM: Gene Autry Michelle Carew USC: John McKay John Wayne Ricky Bell Tommy Trojan Traveler UCLA: Jackie Robinson SANTA ANITA: Seabiscuit John Henry Zenyatta Bill Shoemaker Laffit Pincay Jr. ...
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