In one of the more questionable decisions that you’ll see a college football coach ever make, the University of Central Florida’s George O’Leary okayed a photo shoot involving a Playboy model inside the team’s locker room.
According to the UCF football coach, the scantily clad Shanna Marie McLaughlin posed in his team’s locker room recently in a spread for Orlando entertainment magazine Axis with his full backing. The Playboy Miss July 2010 model featured the school’s logo on the tiny bit of clothing she had on, and the team’s helmet in her shoot.
When asked about the spread, here is what the coach had to say:
"Eh, it's not what I expected, but I don't think there's anything outlandish on the thing," O'Leary told the newspaper.
O’Leary also mentioned that this isn’t the first time that the magazine had used the athletic facilities.
"The guy called my office and basically wanted to know if they could do a magazine shoot," O'Leary said. "There was a UCF girl who had her MBA and all that. And the only thing I asked is, 'Is that a magazine that is distributed on campus?' And they said, 'Yes.' They've done I think four, since I've been here at least four, initial copies of football [previews] opening up the football season."
For his part, the school’s associate director of athletics, issued an immediate apology to UCF fans:
"An employee without proper authorization allowed access to our football locker room. By the time the video of the shoot was brought to our attention, it had already made its rounds via the Internet," Hornstein's statement said.
It's not clear if Hornstein was referring to O'Leary when he used the term "employee." If he was, however, is it possible that O'Leary doesn't have access to his own locker room? If he wasn't, why the unnamed scape goat? Hornstein continues:
"Let me make this clear, UCF does not condone the photos and the video. We have spoken to the employee in question and we will speak to our entire staff to make sure that this does not happen again. To any fans who were offended by this, we sincerely apologize."