The University of Southern California was forced to apologize after students were apparently caught chanting “Fuck the Mormons!” at Saturday night’s football game against Brigham Young University.
“The offensive chant from our student section directed towards BYU during the football game last night does not align with our Trojan values,” the school’s athletic department said in a statement. “It was distasteful and we apologize to the BYU program.” BYU ultimately defeated the Trojans 35-31. USC’s defensive line coach, Vic So’oto, apologized as well, saying he “did not hear the chant”—which was reportedly tweeted by multiple users—but knows “it does not reflect the Trojan family that I’ve come to know and love.” “Sincere apologies from an alum @BYU @BYUfootball @kalanifsitake @TomHolmoe. All love. Hard fought game,” he wrote.
USC defensive line coach Vic So’oto also issued his own statement on Twitter:
“I did not hear the chant but I know it does not reflect the Trojan family that I’ve come to know and love,” So’oto tweeted. “Sincere apologies from an alum @BYU @BYUfootball @kalanifsitake @TomHolmoe. All love. Hard fought game.”
What makes things even more disturbing is that USC’s quarterback, Jaxson Dart, is actually a member of the LDS Church.
The ended up winning the game, 35-31, improving their record to 10-2. The Trojans dropped to 4-7.
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