3,000 attend Salute to Troy 

August, 26, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- An estimated 3,000 cardinal-and-gold faithful convened at Cromwell Field for Salute To Troy, a dinner and program that introduced the 2012 USC football team, paid tribute to the 1962 national champions and 1987 team, and saluted the Trojans national championship men’s water polo and tennis teams.

The evening began with fans lining up for player autographs and pictures with the USC Song Girls and Traveler, the Trojans' famed white horse. Obviously a major attraction was getting an autograph and picture with Trojans starting quarterback Matt Barkley, who was flanked by security. The line to get Barkley’s autograph, along with wide receiver Robert Woods, safety T.J. McDonald and tailback Silas Redd, seemed to stretch forever.

Dr. Art Bartner’s full Trojans Marching Band provided traditional Trojans music throughout the program, which began with an opening introduction by USC president Max Nikias, who asked for a moment of silence on the day’s passing of astronaut Neil Armstrong, a Trojans alumnus who was the first man to walk on the moon and whose picture hangs inside the new John McKay Center.