University of Southern California Athletics
The University of Southern California Trojans athletics programs are stocked rich in tradition in the PAC-12 conference. The Trojans' most historic battles have come against their crosstown rivals, the University of California-Los Angeles Bruins and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Led by their mascot Traveler, a white horse ridden by a Trojan warrior, the Trojans of USC wear the famous cardinal and gold colors proudly.
The top athletic program at USC is their football team. Playing their home games in front of over 93,000 rabid Trojan fans at Memorial Coliseum, the Trojans have experienced success on the gridiron unlike most other programs in the country with 11 national championships. A famous football tradition at USC is the Victory Bell, which is awarded to the annual winner of the USC vs. UCLA football game. The winning team paints the bell in their team colors and the bell serves as a traveling trophy between the two teams. Trojan football has produced an unprecedented seven Heisman Trophy winners, marking the most valuable player in college football each year. USC's winners of the trophy have been Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush, Mike Garrett, O.J. Simpson, Charles White and Marcus Allen.
The University of Southern California athletic programs have tallied numerous national championships in many other sports, most notably men's track & field, men's tennis and a great run in men's water polo since the year 2000. But one most notable item from Trojans athletics is the number of successful Olympians the university has produced. Beginning in 1904 through now, 422 current or former Trojans have competed in the Olympics, with 135 of them winning gold medals. The 422 Olympians from the university have taken home 135 gold medals, 88 silver medals and 65 bronze medals.
At any Trojan home game, fans cheer on to the school fight song “Fight On”, the alma mater song “All Hail” and the traditional victory-clinching “Conquest.” On a fall home game day at Memorial Coliseum, the famed USC Marching Band can be heard and seen zig-zagging on the field and the ceremonial lighting of the Olympic torch atop to the stadium after the third quarter of play really lights up the crowd for the final stretch of cheering their team on to victory.