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Cal State Long Beach cheerleading team stripped of title amid cheating scandal [Updated]

April 20, 2011 |  3:50 pm

[Corrected, 5:30 p.m.: A previous version of this post misspelled the word "cheerleading" in the headline.]

The Cal State Long Beach cheerleading team forfeited its national title and its coach was fired after an administrator discovered that a former student competed with the team, officials said Wednesday.

The nationally recognized team competed April 9 and 10 at the National Cheerleaders Assn.’s competition in Daytona Beach, Fla., and won the title for its division.

But the non-student who competed had graduated in December and was ineligible to participate, said Christina L. Esparza, communications coordinator for Associated Students Inc. at Cal State Long Beach.

The non-student’s participation was revealed after the team’s advisor noticed him while watching a video of the performance.

The school has terminated its contract with Coach Eric Anderson, who had been with the team for 10  years, Esparza said.

“It’s unfortunate,” she said. “The team is a fantastic team, and I believe we would have won the championship anyway.... I just hope we come back strong.”

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