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Alabama has good cheerleaders, bad administrators



bama.jpgSometimes, you just want to smack someone upside the head.

The University of Alabama cheerleaders won the Universal Cheerleaders Association College National Championship. The Crimson Tide upset 18-time champion Kentucky to win its first national title since 1984. Typically, cheerleading teams which win national titles are given rings to commemorate its title -- just like schools do for football, basketball and so forth. Kentucky, for instance, has done it 18 times for its cheerleaders. And Alabama handed out rings to last year's national championship football team.

But the University of Alabama has a long-standing policy of not giving rings to those in sports not sanctioned by the NCAA. Cheerleading is not sanctioned by the NCAA as an official sport, so the Tide cheerleaders were told the university would not give them rings. Disappointed, the cheerleading team decided to buy rings for themselves. That's fine, the university said, as long as the rings don't have the script "A'' Alabama uses in its logo. After all, it's trademarked, said the pinheads who run Alabama. Click here to read the entire story.

[Last modified: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 3:32pm]


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