The ban comes on the heels of Southern Illinois cheerleader Kristi Yamaoka’s dome dinging fall off a human pyramid last weekend during a nationally televised basketball game. The 18-year-old sophomore had a concussion and cracked vertebra in her neck, but she did what any decent cheerleader would do. She continued to cheer while strapped to a backboard.
"It'd be an unwise move for a coach or others to go against the committee," Jim Lord, the cheerleading group's executive director, said Wednesday.
The veiled threat just sounds ominous, doesn’t it? That didn’t stop SIU's cheerleading coach, Jennifer Graeff from sounding off (sound off!).
"Other coaches are angry, saying this is ridiculous," she said. "If a basketball player dunks and breaks an ankle, are they going to say you can't dunk?"
When was the last time a basketball player broke his neck dunking?