Note to all college basketball cheerleaders: don’t touch the ball. It may be hard to believe, but a cheerleading squad is eligible for a technical foul during a college basketball game. Those of who who were watching as Louisville sealed a 62-59 overtime upset over Pittsburgh on Sunday got to witness that first-hand. Jordan Alcazar, a male cheerleader for the Cardinals, was slapped with a technical foul for throwing the ball in the air right after Kyle Kuric buried a dunk to give Louisville a five-point lead. Check out the video, via Mocksession:
There’s already been a lot of “that could have cost them the game” talk, but let’s be serious — there was under a second remaining. Yes the free throws made it a three-point game, but Pitt needed a full-court three-pointer with 0.3 seconds left to tie it. That being said, I doubt Alcazar only threw the ball because he knew the game was sealed up. He got lucky, and for that reason it’s unlikely you’ll see a Lousiville cheerleader — or any cheerleader for that matter — putting their hands on the ball in the near future. Crisis averted.