UA Cheerleaders Disappointed They Won't Get Rings

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Cheerleaders at the University of Alabama are surprised to find the school won't be giving them championship rings after their upset win over the University of Kentucky.

The Crimson Tide cheerleaders took home top honors at the Universal Cheerleaders Association College National Championship
earlier this month.

It was an unlikely win over 18-time champ University of Kentucky and Alabama's first national championship win since 1984.

UA athletic department spokesman Doug Walker tells The Tuscaloosa News university policy doesn't allow rings for
cheerleaders because cheerleading is not an NCAA-sanctioned sport.

The cheerleaders have decided to buy rings with their own money.

But they say they won't be allowed to use the university's script A logo in the design because it's trademarked.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Shalimar Location: Boston on Jan 31, 2011 at 09:11 PM
    If they are not NCAA they can refuse their drug test and refuse to go to any event they do not want to go to. Great way to get them to compete next year! Just buy the rings for them, they are a part of your school. They are all gymnast. Maybe Jerald would like to work out with them a few days at 5am.
  • by Jerald Location: Dothan on Jan 30, 2011 at 08:17 PM
    Every copyright owner can decide, how, when, where, and who can use their copyrighted item. The "fact" that UK allows it, does not impact on the "fact" that UA does not. I think that your assertion that UA "hates" the cheerleader program is simply your jaundiced eye speaking through a mildewed mouth. If the university did not like, approve or want any part or portion of the cheerleading, they would stop all access to the fields of play, that alone would eliminate the program without acting directly against the program.
  • by Anonymous Location: UA on Jan 30, 2011 at 04:05 PM
    I beg to differ.. I was a cheerleader at the University of Alabama for 2 years. We were required to take an NCAA drug test at random once a month by the university. Every piece of clothing that was given to us has the "logo" on it. It is the simple fact that the university hates the cheerleading program. There is a lot more to this situation that the public does not know about. The University of Kentucky has had no problem getting the UK logo stamped on their many rings. I have personally seen every ring that they have ever won and every ring has UK stamped on it. The cheerleading program brings in some of the most money to the University of Alabama besides football because of the cheerleading camps. Did you know this?? This is something new by the way.. University of Kentucky has won nationals 18 times. Since 2004 they have been the winners "until this year". This is something new! This is the reason that this has never been an issue and you have never heard of this problem.
  • by toby Location: Alabama on Jan 30, 2011 at 10:49 AM
    this is the way it has always been.This is no differant than anyone elses championships have always been.So this is nothing new.
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