The Duke Blue Devils basketball team is recognized as one of the best programs in the country. The team's head coach, Mike Krzyzewski, has the most wins of any college basketball coach in history, and he has led Duke to four NCAA championships.
The Duke cheerleaders though, are not as well recognized as the team. In 2001, then North Carolina Tar Heels coach Matt Doherty was quoted as saying to his team during a timeout in a game against Duke that the Duke cheerleaders were the ugliest in the ACC. Doherty later issued a public apology and said the comment was just meant to ease tension for his team during a tough game.
Are the Duke cheerleaders the ugliest in the ACC? Here's a little information about the Duke cheerleaders, and you can check out the accompanying slideshow to see for yourself that Duke does have some pretty hot basketball cheerleaders.
Duke University college basketball cheerleaders
There are two different squads of cheerleaders at Duke. One group of cheerleaders are called the blue squad, and the other group are called the white squad.
- Blue squad
The blue squad of cheerleaders at Duke consists of roughly 12 members, and performs at all home and away football games, and at men's basketball games. Tryouts for the blue squad of cheerleaders are held annually in April.
- White squad
The white squad of cheerleaders at Duke also consists of about 12 members, and performs at all home football games, and at women's basketball games. Tryouts for the white squad of cheerleaders are held annually in late August or early September.
At the tryouts for both squads of cheerleaders at Duke, women are judged by their expertise in dance, cheer, tumbling, and jumping. Being a Duke cheerleader is a real commitment, as the season for the cheerleaders starts in August and usually does not end until the NCAA Tournament is over in April. Duke basketball is so good, the team almost always goes deep into the tournament.
Duke cheerleaders do many public appearances each year
In addition to performing at football and basketball games, the Duke cheerleaders also do public appearances at functions and charity events on campus, and in the surrounding community. The Duke cheerleaders also sometimes do dance and cheer clinics for the public.