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USC bookstore selling ‘Roll Tears Roll’ shirts ahead of Alabama season opener

Roll Tears Roll Alabama shirt
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USC isn’t backing down from its impending matchup against defending national champion Alabama.

Or at least its bookstore isn’t.

Ahead of its season opener against the Crimson Tide on Sept. 3 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, the official school store is selling “Roll Tears Roll” T-shirts that poke of Alabama’s “Roll Tide Roll” rallying cry.

For Alabama, it’s not the first time a season-opening opponent has made a trash talk-related T-shirts. In 2012 and 2013, Michigan and Virginia Tech made shirts that read “Beat Bama Blue” and “#BEATBAMA” shirts, respectively, ahead of their Week 1 contests against the Crimson Tide.

Both schools, though, ending up losing handily (Michigan, 41-14, and Virginia Tech, 35-10).

Additionally, during the 2013 season, Oregon students sold “We Want Bama” shirts on campus in hopes of a national championship game meeting against the Tide but lost in early November to Stanford to largely put those hopes to bed.

“Roll Tears Roll” has been a common insult used toward Alabama fans over the years. A simple online search reveals that Facebook and Twitter accounts with sizeable followings, as well as a website, all exist in relation to bashing Alabama.

USC’s shirts, which are made in the school’s colors of cardinal and gold, are being sold online and in select stores. A tweet from the official USC bookstore account Wednesday said the shirts are “selling fast.”

Alabama has won four of the last seven national championships, including last season.

RELATED: Former Alabama OL D.J. Fluker says Tide will ‘steamroll’ USC

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