Cheerleading team reportedly cheated

BY foxsports • April 20, 2011

A California college cheerleading team has forfeited its national title and fired its coach after discovering that one of its competing members was not a student, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

The Cal State Long Beach team won the title for its division at the National Cheerleaders Association's competition in Daytona Beach, Fla., in April.

However, the team's adviser later noticed that a former student -- who graduated in December, making him ineligible to participate -- had competed.

The adviser made the discovery while watching a video of the performance.

The school reacted by forfeiting its title and firing coach Eric Anderson, who had been with the team for 10 years.

"It's unfortunate. The team is a fantastic team, and I believe we would have won the championship anyway... I just hope we come back strong," said Christina L. Esparza, the communications coordinator for Associated Students Inc. at Cal State Long Beach.

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