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USC Issues Apology to BYU After 'Offensive Chant' Is Heard During Football Game

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The University of Southern California (USC) is issuing an apology after an "offensive chat" was heard from the school's student section during Saturday's football game against Brigham Young University (BYU).

During the game at LA Memorial Stadium, USC fans were heard chanting "F— the Mormons," the Salt Lake Tribune and TMZ reported. BYU is owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Sunday afternoon, the USC athletic department tweeted an apology, calling the chant "distasteful."

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"The offensive chant from our student section directed towards BYU during the football game last night does not align with our Trojan values," the tweet read. "It was distasteful and we apologize to the BYU program."

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USC's defensive line coach Vic So'oto, who is also a BYU alum, tweeted his own apology, tagging the BYU head football coach Kalani Sitake and athletic director Tom Holmoe.

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"I did not hear the chant but I know it does not reflect the Trojan family that I've come to know and love," he wrote. "Sincere apologies from an alum @BYU @BYUfootball @kalanifsitake @TomHolmoe. All love. Hard fought game."

Neither USC or BYU immediately responded to PEOPLE's request for comment.

Despite the student section's chants, BYU's football team — which is ranked No. 12 — defeated USC 35-31 on Saturday.

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