Grudge match: USC stadium bombed with paint -- UCLA blue and yellow
The day before their annual football grudge match, USC got a coat of UCLA colors Friday when blue and yellow paint was splashed on the Trojans' track stadium.
The synthetic turf at USC's Cromwell Field was found emblazoned at 4:30 a.m. with large "UCLA" letters in blue and yellow paint, and more paint was splashed on flagpoles at Trousdale Parkway and Exposition Boulevard, said Capt. David Carlisle of the USC Department of Public Safety.
The field is periodically used by the football team for practice in weeks when they will play an away game on synthetic turf, and the flagpoles line a walkway where fans make their trek from campus to the Los Angeles Coliseum on game days, Carlisle said.
The bronze statue of Tommy Trojan remained unscathed, wrapped in duct tape and guarded around the clock by a devoted group of students who call themselves “The Trojan Knights,” Carlisle said.
Department of Public Safety officials have been working with UCLA officials to avoid any retaliation, Carlisle said.
There were no estimates on the cost of damage, but it did not appear to be permanent. Cleanup crews were working Friday morning to clean up any remnants of the blue and yellow paint, Carlisle said.
-- Stephen Ceasar