The University of Kentucky fired its entire cheerleading coaching staff today after a three-month investigation revealed a culture of “hazing, alcohol use, and public nudity.”
- During a team retreat at Lake Cumberland, some cheerleaders performed gymnastics routines that including hurling their teammates from a dock into the water while either topless or bottomless. The routines, known as “basket tosses,” were done at the direction of other members of the squad and within the view of at least some of the coaches;
- Coaches allowed cheerleading alumni to bring boats and alcohol to the retreat, where some cheerleaders were partially naked and/or drinking while riding on boats;
- Coaches did not confiscate alcohol brought to the retreat by some squad members or intervene to stop students from consuming alcohol. Several squad members became so intoxicated they required medical treatment; and
- During a cheerleading camp in Tennessee, some cheerleaders were directed by other members of the squad to perform lewd chants and wear outfits that did not include underwear.
Sounds like a typical college experience, if we’re being honest. No hazing though. Crossing Broad does not condone a culture of hazing, nor should coaches encourage improper behavior.
That said, I wouldn’t mind going commando on Lake Wallenpaupack with a six pack of Modelo right about now.