UConn has dumped its cheerleaders in favor of something called the “Spirit Squad.”
Christine Wilson, assistant vice president for student affairs and director of student activities, said the change was made because “we want people formerly called cheerleaders to focus in on building spirit at UConn, on spending time working on ways to engage fans and to really spread Husky spirit” rather than spend hours perfecting stunts.” (from the Hartford Courant)
But, of course, it’s OK letting “student-athletes” spend hours practicing two-minute drills and making free throws. After all, they bring in revenue.
As for a “Spirit Squad”…the mere name makes me think of this classic exchange between Lou Grant and Mary Richards: