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WATCH: UK officials discuss Cheerleading hazing scandal

This morning, the University of Kentucky announced the dismissal of its cheerleading coaching staff following a three-month investigation into hazing activities, alcohol use, and public nudity by team members at off-campus events. The investigation found that Head Coach Jomo Thompson; Assistant Coaches Ben Head, Spencer Clan and Kelsey LaCroix; and longtime program advisor T. Lynn Williamson failed to provide reasonable oversight at the events, which put the student athletes at risk.

UK President Eli Capilouto, Executive Vice President for Finance and Administration Dr. Eric Monday, Provost David Blackwell, and Executive Associate AD Sandy Bell held a press conference following the announcement to discuss the findings and what’s next for the cheerleading program, which is now under Bell’s direction during the search for a new head coach. You can see that press conference in its entirety below.


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1 Comment for WATCH: UK officials discuss Cheerleading hazing scandal

  1. wesmorgan1
    9:32 pm May 19, 2020 Permalink

    UK Cheerleading has long been its own thing “over there”, tucked away in Administration with little oversight and immunized (to some degree) by the fact that it isn’t an NCAA-sanctioned sport and has never been subject to the external oversight and compliance work required of teams under the Athletics Association’s umbrella. To me, it was a telling point that T. Lynn Williamson resigned just a few days after the investigation was opened and he was told to have no contact with the coaches or squad. He was the University’s #2 lawyer for decades; given what he’s seen in that role over the years, I think he knew that the hammer was going to fall.

    Let’s face it – if cheerleading were an NCAA-sanctioned sport, we’d be waiting for the Committee on Infractions to talk to us about – at the very least – hazing, improper benefits (the off-campus paid jobs from coaches and Williamson), and the dreaded “lack of institutional control”, not to mention the likelihood of “show cause” sanctions against the coaches to prevent them from being hired by other schools.

    So, they screwed up. Moving them under the Athletics Association is the smart play. Treat them – athletes AND coaches – just like UK’s NCAA-sanctioned sports, and the compliance mechanisms alone will go a long way toward dealing with stuff like this in the future.