Earlier this month, the Alabama Crimson Tide cheerleaders placed first at the Universal Cheerleaders Association College National Championship. So you would think if you won a National Title you would get rings right? Well, at their first practice after winning the National Title, their coach David McDowell told the squad that the university won’t give them championship rings.
Of course, you know the cheerleaders were upset.
“We all kind of expected we would get them because everyone else who has won this competition has received them in the past,” said squad member Jill Honeycutt.
“We definitely expected rings,” said Josh Olson, Honeycutt’s teammate and a partner in their championship-winning routine. “Kentucky has won 18 times and they have 18 rings to show for them, that the school gave them.”
Well, here is what Alabama’s UA associate athletic director for media relations had to say.
“The University of Alabama congratulates our cheerleader squad on winning the UCA cheerleading competition,” Walker said in a release. “The Athletics Department typically awards rings to intercollegiate athletic teams. The rules, policies and guidelines governing the roles and activities of cheerleaders have been consistent for the past several years, and were in place before the squad participated in the UCA event.”
In other words we are not going to spend money on cheerleaders.
This last quote from a member of the squad sums up what Alabama really cares about.
“They’re just more about competition at Kentucky. They set out to win the national championship every year and usually they do,” Honeycutt said. “At Alabama, we focus on being good game-day cheerleaders because we feel that that’s all the university wants out of us. We don’t do much of our competition stuff at games. We do more crowd-pleasing things and try to get the crowd interacting. We really focus on doing a lot of cheers.”