Fallen Michigan St. Cheerleader Taylor Young OK; Dad Kinda Goofy



A very scary moment yesterday in the early moments of the Michigan State vs. Florida State Big Ten ACC Challenge. A Michigan State cheerleader named Taylor Young (pictured left above, via the Detroit News, next to a fellow cheerleader named Storm Garfield) landed face first on the Breslin Center hardwood during a routine.

The game had to be suspended as medical personnel tended to her. She ended up being totally fine.

Update: from Spartan beat writer Joe Rexrode: Young, a 20-year-old from Twin Lake, Michigan was transported to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. She’s currently in stable condition.

And her Dad had some jokes to make about it on Facebook via Busted Coverage

“I’m glad to see your booty isn’t gettin’ big….no one likes a chick with a big butt….love you,” Charles wrote at about 10:30 last night.

And this isn’t some sort of fake page or a joke. Chuck wrote that. And added, “We just talked to her..we’re going to pick her up from the hospital.”


You can see screenshots and learn more about Chuck’s quirkiness and colorful personality over at BC.

Of course, he’s an interesting guy, he works as a high school dean of students.

As for the pic above, it comes from none other than Mateen Cleaves himself who tonight tweeted this:


My prayers go out to the cheerleader from MSU that just fell off of the pyramid


Here’s the link to the official Twitter account of Michigan State cheerleadingthey tweeted at approximately 12:30 am ET 12-1-11:

Taylor is ok! She is home from the hospital with a small bump on her head. Thanks for the concern and support!)


A similar incident occurred in 2002, and again it was a Midwestern team. A Southern Illinois cheerleader landed hard on her head/neck in the 2002 Missouri Valley Tournament final game. After a long, disturbing silence, she was carted off on a stretcher, and as the SIU fight song played, she did the upper body portion of the routine with her arms.

She was fine; and became a national mini-celebrity for awhile; appearing on the Today Show.

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