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UK Cheerleading Alumni issue statement in support of ousted coaches

The University of Kentucky Cheer community is not going down without a fight. Today, UK Cheerleading alumni sent out a joint statement in support of former head coach Jomo Thompson, assistant coaches Ben Head, Spencer Clan, and Kelsey LaCroix, and longtime advisor T. Lynn Williamson. On Monday, UK fired the coaching staff for failure to provide reasonable oversight during off-campus events, where hazing, alcohol use, and public nudity were alleged to have taken place.

“To say the UK cheerleading advisor and coaches lack integrity is insulting,” the statement says. “To suggest that the advisor and coaches didn’t provide proper oversight is absurd. To so harshly penalize a program — especially one that has led such an exemplary existence for four-plus decades — is unfair!”

The statement was signed by over 500 cheer alumni. You can read it in full below:

ICYMI yesterday, four cheerleaders spoke to KSR about the allegations and the university’s decision to terminate the staff, including one of the current team members that was caught drinking at the retreat. Each testified to the coaching staff’s strict alcohol policy, Thompson’s culture of “absolute responsibility,” and how the program positively impacted their lives. Some even questioned the university’s motives for clearing house.

UK Cheerleaders blast university’s decision, defend coaches and program’s reputation


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18 Comments for UK Cheerleading Alumni issue statement in support of ousted coaches

  1. gobble gobble
    6:03 pm May 21, 2020 Permalink

    This all seems more and more like some petty bs on the part of Mitch Barnhart and Pres Eli Capilouto.
    They should rethink they’re decision and reinstate the coaching staff

  2. runningunnin.454
    6:04 pm May 21, 2020 Permalink

    500 to ONE disgruntled parent.
    That says it all. UK administration messed up.

  3. UKFanSC
    6:09 pm May 21, 2020 Permalink

    I’m waiting for the movie to come out.

  4. CombatMedic_98
    6:31 pm May 21, 2020 Permalink

    Got CAUGHT…time to pay the Piper…! No school should be advocating these things…ESPECIALLY COACHES…INTEGRITY MATTERS…! Time to clean house some more and get rid of all the immoral and questionable character…!

    • hal9944
      7:53 pm May 21, 2020 Permalink

      GRFOH KAREN! You obviously read nothing before making this comment!

  5. sundanze77
    6:50 pm May 21, 2020 Permalink

    Don’t blame folks that spoke out…cheer squad who didn’t think enough of their coaches to obey the rules are the ones who cost their coaches their jobs!

    • sprtphan
      6:58 pm May 21, 2020 Permalink

      Bingo sundanze. Like I said before, hard lesson learned.

    • 2andToodleLoo
      9:46 pm May 21, 2020 Permalink

      Good perspective. Cheerleaders broke the rules they all say their coaches gave them. Coaches are responsible for their athletes. Coaches pay the price. Now cheerleaders are crying about it.

  6. sundanze77
    7:18 pm May 21, 2020 Permalink

    Guess where this UK cheerleading program would be if there had been a death due to an alcohol related accident? Dead for 10 years!!!

    • Corder
      7:31 pm May 21, 2020 Permalink

      Where are your facts to back that up? Anybody can say outrageous things doesn’t make them true.

    • bankerbh
      7:40 pm May 21, 2020 Permalink

      Corder…I heard about this from my UK student in early March. I’m going with there were ample facts for the administration to take the action they did.

    • hal9944
      7:53 pm May 21, 2020 Permalink

      Omg what a dumb statement

  7. J. Did
    7:33 pm May 21, 2020 Permalink

    Disappointed in T. Lynn Williamson’s ‘Leadership’.

    ‘Sh*t” rolls down hill. But the Captain sinks with the ship.

    When I was at KENTUCKY, the Cheerleaders were incredibly smart and well-respected.

    What and when did that climate change?

    Perhaps, familiarity does breed contempt.

    We will soon find out.

  8. sundanze77
    7:34 pm May 21, 2020 Permalink

    And how much money would the school be out for lawsuits…$$$$$

  9. bankerbh
    7:36 pm May 21, 2020 Permalink

    imho I think it was a solid move by the administration. For those commenting otherwise, I would be interested in knowing how much first-hand information you have about what went on or if you know know any of the cheerleaders who were impacted. There were definitely people who were negatively impacted and they deserve better. Not everyone is interested in participating and clearly lines were crossed. Past championships don’t give a free pass. I’m not preaching or passing judgment…just sharing an opinion based on information told to my child by one of the cheerleaders.

  10. hal9944
    7:55 pm May 21, 2020 Permalink

    They need to retract the firings ASAP, this is being blown way out of proportion

  11. Looother
    10:02 pm May 21, 2020 Permalink

    Reinstate the UK cheer coaches – now!

  12. Bobby
    10:53 pm May 21, 2020 Permalink

    Heaven forbid if a group of basketball players or football players would have a beer or swim around at the lake naked! The standard’s been set. The coaching staffs would have to be terminated after a “thorough investigation”!