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USC, Alabama reach apparent cease-fire in T-shirt war

USC, Alabama reach apparent cease-fire in T-shirt war
USC Coach Clay Helton, left, and Alabama Coach Nick Saban surely have weightier issues on their minds than dueling T-shirts going into the Trojans-Crimson Tide game on Saturday. (Associated Press)

The T-shirt war began in USC’s bookstore.

There, a shirt appeared, mocking Alabama’s “Roll Tide” tagline.

“ROLL TEARS ROLL,” the T-shirt said.

A few days later, the response came.

"OUR O.J. ONLY KILLED CLEMSON," the T-shirt, posted on TeePublic.com, announced, referring to Alabama tight end O.J. Howard, who tore apart Clemson’s defense in last season’s national championship game.

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The war, it seems, has come to an end, smothered by the legal system. In a story on AL.com this week, TeePublic.com explained that a user had uploaded the shirt. The website allows third parties to design and sell their own shirts.

AL.com reported that the Collegiate Licensing Co. sent a Digital Millennium Copyright Act notice to the website because the T-shirt mentioned "Clemson."

The T-shirt was taken down, and a tentative cease-fire had taken hold.

zach.helfand@latimes.com

Twitter: @zhelfand

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