go to MSN.com
Found November 06, 2013 on Bush League Chronicle:
TEAMS:

Via Bush League Chronicle:

Fans who attend USC Trojans men's and women's basketball games this season may notice two new characters roaming around the venue.

This is because the school unveiled two new mascots, Tommy and Traveler, on Wednesday, both of which have been created in an effort to attract more fans and students to home basketball games. However, some students don't seem to be taking the news very well.

"We are a traditional university that does not need to reinvent ourselves or create new excitement," said Robert Shawhan a senior at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. "Our fan base probably does not appreciate a push like this. Like our uniforms we stay true to tradition."

Preach, Robert. Preach.

Lauren Estrada, a senior at the Marshall School of Business, echoed Robert's sentiments.

"I think it's too much of a departure from our classic Tommy Trojan and Traveler [mascot] that we have at football games," she said.

USC plans to phase the mascots in by having them appear at tailgates and other functions before letting them appear at games. Judging by their lackluster reception from students, Tommy and Traveler may not be around too long, though.

Via ATVN

6 Comments:
  • They are not very inspiring. Maybe they will grow on us.
  • As a USC alum, I just hate both of them! Get serious.
  • I think they will fit into the California atmosphere & community quite well
  • the new traveler doesn't leave piles of poop on the basketball floor.
  • Most people don't get that the Traveler is the University's mascot.
    I'm banking on the 'mere-exposure effect', articulated by Zajonc
    the thing is uglier than me!
    -Joe
  • Uh, copy Sparty much? Michigan State Spartans mascot.
THE BACKYARD
Trojans News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

Miami Central HS football coach receives racist letter

Miami Central Senior High School football coach Roland Smith received a hate letter, containing the N-word, in advance of the team’s nationally televised game on Saturday against the Hoover (Ala.) Bucs.  The letter, which allegedly came from a Hoover Bucs fan, also said, “Take up your chicken bones and red cups on the way back to Miami after we beat your ass,” according to Al.com.
Via IMAGE CPR SPORTS
1 hour ago

Wife of Angels pitcher makes Twitter crack after lost no-hitter

Matt Shoemaker is, by all accounts, having a pretty decent rookie season for the Los Angeles Angels. His beard game is tremendous, he’s got that 12-4 record and, based on this tweet to Will Middlebrooks Thursday night…his wife, currently expecting their first child, is top notch. Shoemaker’s wife Danielle sent out the “butthole” message shortly after her husband gave up...
Via Hall of Very Good
10 hours ago

Report: Manny Machado to have season-ending surgery

The Baltimore Orioles are on track to win the AL East division for the first time since 1997, but they might have to embark on a World Series run without one of their best players. Third baseman Manny Machado, who’s battled injuries throughout his brief MLB career, might not play again in 2014 because of a knee issue. Source: Manny Machado expected to have surgery on knee within...
Via NESN.com
6 hours ago

What if Andrew Luck had entered the 2011 NFL Draft?

Starting on February 14, 2014, Sam Quinn and The Sports Post have decided to run down the 52 Greatest What Ifs in NFL History, one per week, for the next year. For a list of published What Ifs, as well as the introductory piece, click here. I don't think Carolina is really complaining about Cam Newton, but in 2011 the Panthers desperately wanted Stanford quarterback Andrew...
Via The Sports Post
14 hours ago

WATCH: Bucs rookie Mike Evans involved in brawl outside club

Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. I must admit I laughed when Mike Evans slide across the car like he was in a bad movie. TMZ has the details. It all went down outside Dream Nightclub … where the #7 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft was screaming at bouncers. We’re told Evans had been partying inside the club moments before the video begins. While Evans —...
Via BlackSportsOnline
9 hours ago

Former Olympian walking again after ATV accident

Back in June, former Olympian and Fox Sports Radio host Amy Van Dyken-Rouen was involved in an ATV accident in which her spinal cord was severed. It was a very scary situation, but Van Dyken-Rouen kept a sense of humor about the situation and vowed to walk again, despite what seemed to be impossible circumstances. This week, the impossible seemed possible as Van Dyken-Rouen stood...
Via Awful Announcing
12 hours ago

Le’Veon Bell to cops: ‘I didn’t know I could get DUI from weed’

Le’Veon Bell was a bit confused as to why he was getting a DUI after smoking weed. This could have been the effects of the weed or he just genuinely didn’t know the law. I will let you decide from some details from the affidavit : Affidavit: @L_Bell26: "I didn’t know you could get a DUI for being high. I smoked two hours ago. I’m not high anymore. I’m perfectly fine...
Via BlackSportsOnline
14 hours ago

Johnny Manziel fined $12,000 for giving the finger

Johnny Manziel’s $4.3 million signing bonus just took a small hit on Friday as the league fined him $12,000 for the Finger Seen ‘Round the World. Per NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, Manziel is allegedly weighing an appeal. Johnny Manziel is still weighing whether to appeal his $12,000 fine for flipping the bird. #thebird — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 22, 2014 Why would the rookie...
Via Waiting For Next Year
13 hours ago

Report: Rusney Castillo signs seven-year deal with Boston

The Boston Red Sox have won the Rusney Castillo sweepstakes. According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com as well as Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Red Sox and Castillo are “on track” to sign a six-year, $72 million deal. Source: Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo on track for record-setting 6-year, $72 million deal […]
Via Full Scale Sports
13 hours ago

Carmelo Anthony on leaving Knicks: 'It was close'

Jason Whitney New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony was coaching a celebrity game at the Barclays Center when he dished out some details about his free agency this past July. Melo said that he was close to leaving New York, but ultimately decided to stay with the Knicks, agreeing to a five-year, $124 million contract. In fact, Anthony was […] Sports-Kings - The Kings of Sports...
Via Sports-Kings
23 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.