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An inside look at Houston Texans cheerleader culture: Ex cheerleader peels back the curtain in top stories

Behind the scenes with the Houston Texans cheerleaders: Cheer secrets

"Up To Speed" host Nicole Hickl shakes things up a bit in this edition of the Cadillac sponsored video series that zooms through the trending stories of the week. Hickl, who's a former Houston Texans Cheerleader, goes behind the scenes of the squad tryouts to chat with coach Alto Gary to get her perspective on the audition process that narrowed a record number of candidates down to 35 gorgeous women.

With sports on her mind, Hickl also revisits the controversial comments of UConn point guard Shabazz Napier, who had a case of verbal diarrhea after his team's NCAA Championship game upset of Kentucky. Was Nappier simply speaking the truth or was he being arrogant? You decide.

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Nicole Hickl at the Houston Texans Cheerleaders tryouts. Photo by Joel Luks