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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Cheerleaders banned from saying 'South in your mouth'

Every day, there's at least one sports story on the wire that leaves you shaking your head.

It turns out that today, that story involves the South Alabama cheerleaders, who are now banned from saying 'South in your mouth' after players sink free throws.

I'm not sure which is weirder: That 'South in your mouth' was a popular term in the first place, or that the athletic department went out of its way to ban it.

Either way, here's the story filed by the AP:

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.


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