The USC Trojan Marching Band drum major is seen stabbing the field in this undated file photo.

The USC Trojan Marching Band drum major is seen stabbing the field in this undated file photo. (KABC Photo)

There is a new twist to the USC-UCLA rivalry. The athletic department at UCLA has asked USC to do away with a long-time pregame tradition before Saturday's game at the Rose Bowl.

UCLA requested that USC's marching band drum major not stab UCLA's on-field logo as part of the band's pregame performance.

In a letter, USC says it will comply in the spirit of cooperation and sportsmanship. The decision was made after the director of the Trojan Marching Band and UCLA game management officials met.

Trojan Marching Band Director Dr. Arthur Bartner said suspending the tradition will be in the best interest of both parties involved.

"It is important to protect a great rivalry and to conduct it in the most mutually respectful way possible," said Bartner.

When contacted by Eyewitness News, UCLA officials said they had no comment.

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