Nov 25, 2009, 3:30 PM EST
As Otter once said, this war could take years, and cost thousands of lives. USC’s Tommy Trojan statue is under around-the-clock guard at this hour after vandals from that school struck against UCLA’s beloved Bruin bear statue, in the runup toward Saturday’s 79th football showdown between the rivals. Located in the middle of the Westwood campus, Bruin bear was splashed with red and yellow paint sometime late last night.
But where was the Bruin Security Force? Shocking malfeasance in Westwood, to say the least.
Links to photos following the jump.
Workers were seen attempting to remove the paint Wednesday morning. It was not immediately known what time the vandals did the dirty work.
The bruin statue was protected with an anti-paint coating for situations such as this.
The Trojans and the Bruins face off at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Coliseum.
UCLA students then took out their frustrations on a defenseless car.
Although this is certainly not the most monumental matchup in the history of the rivalry, there is something at stake for both teams. UCLA can kiss any at-large bowl bid goodbye with a loss to the Trojans, and would then have to hope for Arizona to lose its final two games for a berth in the Poinsettia Bowl.
Meanwhile, USC is still listed as an at-large BCS bowl bid qualifying team.
Update: the cleaning of Bruin bear is complete.
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