The University of Central Florida is experiencing a small backlash after photos of a Playboy model (and school alumna) appeared in an Orlando-area magazine. Boosters, feminists, and various other sexually frustrated people claim the pictorial tarnishes the school's image and does nothing to help the 3-4 base defense.
Axis Magazine, a niche publication servicing sorority girls and creepy old men who enjoy looking at pictures of sorority girls, hosted the racy photo spread in the UCF Football locker room with the permission of the team’s head coach:
"I approved the magazine," [coach George] O'Leary told a Sentinel reporter after practice ended Saturday. "The guy called my office and basically wanted to know if they could do a magazine shoot. 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."
O'Leary said he was shown a copy of the magazine cover.
"Eh, it's not what I expected, but I don't think there's anything outlandish on the thing.”
Seems like O’Leary gave some serious thought to the matter.
Currently nobody has been punished, but the school’s athletic director did admit that O’Leary was given permission by somebody who had no actual authority to do so.
The scandal will likely die down as college football season kicks off, but in the meantime it appears that – for the first time since Daunte Culpepper graduated – UCF is finally the talk of the college football world.
Looks like Arkansas State found a blueprint on how to be relevant (again?).
Oh, and in case you want to Google the model above, her name is Shanna McLaughlin.
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