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USC announces tragic passing of 14-year football veteran Stephen Dunn/Getty Images
LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 25: The USC Trojans horse mascot Traveler rides on the field during the game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on November 25, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. USC won 44-24. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

USC lost an important member of the Trojan family mascot Traveler VII. The school announced the horse’s passing on Friday in a Facebook post.

Traveler VII was on the field from 2003 to the time he retired in 2016. He retired after the Rose Bowl when USC rallied to beat Penn State 52-49 thanks to an epic kick to win the game as time expired. Traveler IX was introduced in the 2017 season opener against Western Michigan. Traveler VIII passed away before ever getting to make his on-field appearance.

[h/t College Football Talk]

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