MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The University of South Alabama doesn't want
its cheerleaders using a popular basketball cheer anymore.
In the past, cheerleaders and students have shouted "USA, South
in your mouth!" when a player sinks a free throw. The phrase is
similar to one used as a slogan by Southern-themed food companies
and restaurants all over the country.
But athletic Director Joel Erdmann has asked the cheerleading
coach to quit using the cheer, which he says is open to
"ambiguity." Erdmann says he wants to avoid any misinterpretation
of the cheer.
Student body president Kim Proctor says Erdmann's opposition
probably guarantees that the cheer will be around forever. Leaders
will likely find out at the first men's game on Nov. 12.