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UK athletics to launch national search for new cheerleading head coach, expects hire “within a month”

A hazing scandal has changed the way UK cheerleading operates. Once independent, UK cheerleading will now fall under the umbrella of the athletics department. Executive associate AD Sandy Bell has been tasked to lead the national championship winning program into a new era.

“These students deserve our support to help them be successful — successful as cheerleaders in competition, as students in the classroom and as citizens and leaders outside of the university. UK athletics is committed to providing this support. We’re making that pledge directly to current squad members,” Bell said Monday morning.

“We are also making it clear that inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. The annual retreat will be eliminated and all off-campus trips will be closely supervised. Cheerleading squad members will be held to the same standard as all our student-athletes. When it comes to both integrity and competitive excellence, we are not going to compromise.”

The hazing allegations were first brought forth by a cheerleader’s concerned family member. Four coaches were removed from the program, but no cheerleaders have been dismissed from the squad. The search for a new head coach begins immediately.

“We have high standards and they must be met. It’s a new day for UK cheerleading. UK athletics will immediately begin the national search for a new head coach. We except to receive some outstanding candidates and we hope to select a new leader within a month. The new head coach will be a part of the selection of assistant coaches and the 2020-21 squad members,” said Bell.

“In the meantime, UK athletics will work to develop the infrastructure and support needed to maintain UK cheerleading as the nation’s premier cheerleading program.”

President Eli Capilouto is confident the athletics department will not only ensure continued success by the program, but prevent any other similar incident from ever happening again.

“It’s a new day. You will not hear of any behavior such as this going forward,” said Capilouto. “We have excellent oversight in terms of Sandy Bell and all the other structures this university puts in place to make sure that we meet all of our compliance and behavior standards.”

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

15 Comments for UK athletics to launch national search for new cheerleading head coach, expects hire “within a month”

  1. sammysunshine
    12:43 pm May 18, 2020 Permalink

    Go get the Dunbar coach’s daughter from Ole Miss. Currently the head coach down there, and a Lexington native!

  2. sammysunshine
    12:45 pm May 18, 2020 Permalink

    Guess I’m not update on my cheer news. She took the job at WKU.

  3. 4everUKBlue
    12:52 pm May 18, 2020 Permalink

    There will be a lot of pressure being the new coach coming into one of if not THE winningest cheerleading programs in the world.

  4. crazycatfan65
    12:53 pm May 18, 2020 Permalink

    Were any of the students “forced” to consume alcohol? Sandy Bell was right when she said,”it’s a new day for UK cheerleading” because it will be a very long time if ever they win another championship.

  5. unbridled
    1:31 pm May 18, 2020 Permalink

    The cheerleading team was not doing anything new at these retreats. Everything was voluntary and they had fun. Our society has let the “outrage culture” needlessly ruin damn near everything.

  6. BigBluSoTru
    1:31 pm May 18, 2020 Permalink

    Cat’s pause reporting Sandy has been on the phone with Dallas Cowboys cheer leading coach . They fyling her in this evening on Rj Corman companys jet go get her Sandy. Mitch will probaly have to bring Calipari in to to mitigate Jerry Jones what better negotiator than Cal vs Jerry. .

    • ClutchCargo
      1:42 pm May 18, 2020 Permalink


  7. UKFanSC
    1:47 pm May 18, 2020 Permalink

    It starts and stops with head coach Jomo Thompson, it happened on his watch.

  8. AirForceOne
    2:53 pm May 18, 2020 Permalink

    Question. From this point forward when you see the UK Cheerleaders, will you be thinking “I wonder what all she has done.” I think their reputations are shot…all of them. No one will look at them the same anymore.

    • ClutchCargo
      3:48 pm May 18, 2020 Permalink

      I really don’t think so. They’re human. Pretty sure we have all done things we would rather not have reported all over the news.

    • unbridled
      6:49 pm May 18, 2020 Permalink

      Air Force 1, you didn’t go to many parties in college did you? Obviously not the good ones. People like you don’t receive many invites.

      Outrage culture has to stop.

  9. bbn606
    4:25 pm May 18, 2020 Permalink

    We are looking more like Looserville every day.

    • ClutchCargo
      4:41 pm May 18, 2020 Permalink

      Try again. The former president and AD at U-6 would have covered it up and nothing would have been done.

  10. BigBluSoTru
    7:02 pm May 18, 2020 Permalink

    James Streeble of Sea of blue is reporting omg a deal has been struck with the Cowboys cheerleading coach . Official annocement forthcoming OMG! And Cal was at the table along with Mith and Sandy with Jerry on zoom call and that he was very upset.

    • friendsofcoal
      11:45 pm May 18, 2020 Permalink

      Too funny! UK cheerleading was on top before these coaches came and they’ll be on top after they’re gone as well…time to move on.