From Wake Forest's Deacon Darlings to Oklahoma State's Cowboy Coeds, from Western Carolina's Catamount Kittens to Alabama's Bama Belles, most names are alliterative, catchy and chaste. Husky Hostesses (Washington) aren't husky, the Californians (Cal) is not a TV miniseries, and Crimson-n-Cream (Oklahoma) is not a Tommy James and the Shondells hit. Each, however, is more descriptive than Georgia Girls. "When I tell people I'm a Georgia Girl," says senior Jill Rowell, "they go, 'Yeah? And?' "
North Carolina and North Carolina State settled playfully on Sweet Carolines and Stately Ladies, respectively. Until this season, Purdue had the Boilerettes, and Texas had Akers' Angels. But Texas has replaced coach Fred Akers with David McWilliams, and McWilliams's Angels just doesn't sing. So the next herd of Longhorns will be rounded up by the Texas Angels, while at Purdue, where Akers is now coaching, the Boilerettes will become Akers' Angels. If Fred Akers gets fired and rehired often enough, heaven is going to get awfully crowded.
Gator Getter Lisa Spurrier's dad, the new coach at Duke, has chosen Blue Angels over Devils Angels and Devils Advocates, hoping that Blue Angels can do for Duke football what The Blue Angel did for Marlene Dietrich.
If a lot of these names seem to have a slightly chauvinistic ring to them, it's not just because on many campuses some people think Gloria Steinem is a Latin drinking song. Most groups were named years ago by football coaches who sought to create demure and compliant ladies' auxiliaries. But isn't a name like Gator Getters a little...
"Suggestive?" Ling says. "Yes, it's suggestive. And we've thought about changing it. But the name is part of our tradition—just like the orange hats."
Of course, the very precincts that tend to exalt football often do the same with hostessing; to find names like the vanilla Hostess Program or the prehistoric Horned Frog Associates, young men must go west—to Stanford or TCU, respectively. "Our name implies complete business," says Horned Frog Associate Laura Modesett. "We've got nothing to do with lovely nights in the dark." Adds HFA adviser Lisa Grider, "No way we were going to be [coach Jim] Wacker's Wonders or Horned Frog Honeys. Names like that won't get the sharpest girls on campus."
And that's whom the very best hostessing groups attract. The ideal hostess is a pre-Yuppie, postfeminist young woman, into marketing and p.r., able and eager to sell her school. She's bubbly, but with natural carbonation, and has no hang-up about working for little or nothing. And she'll do what every coach loves—compete. "One girl, both of the guys she showed around this year went elsewhere," says former N.C. State recruiting coordinator Bobby Purcell. "One went to Clemson. She really took it hard."
But she bounced back. After all, she was a Stately Lady, and a Stately Lady always maintains her dignity. "I like our name," Stately Lady Laura Torres says. "I mean, what's a guy going to think when he's met by a Gator Getter?"
Just so no one gets the wrong idea, here's a primer for you college-bound gridders: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Hostesses (But Were Afraid to Ask).
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