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Posted on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 : 5:53 p.m.

'Harlem Shake' craze hits Eastern Michigan women's basketball team...and coach

By Pete Cunningham

Everyone seems to be getting in on the "Harlem Shake" craze. Include the Eastern Michigan women's basketball team among them.

The school uploaded a video of its players dancing to the popular song on Friday. Perhaps it was to stave off boredom during the team's bye week.

As is standard with the popular new dance craze, one individual is dancing all along while the entire Eagles team seems to be unaware or uninterested in what he is doing. But at the 15 second point of the video the entire team joins in.

With a football helmet and sunglasses on, the dance leader is unrecognizable, but a university spokesperson confirmed that it is first-year coach Tory Verdi leading the group.

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Geoff Larcom

Mon, Feb 18, 2013 : 2:37 p.m.

It is fun to see all the goofy things/activities the players do after the 15-second mark. See all the ones you can pick out. And coach Tory Verdi does rock it as the lead helmet dancer.

Megan Foldenauer

Sun, Feb 17, 2013 : 2:14 a.m.

Your local Ann Arbor Derby Dimes have joined the Harlem Shake craze too!


Sat, Feb 16, 2013 : 3:12 p.m.

Great job! Good to see our favorite people "getting down" and having fun. Nice moves, Coach!