With fall and college football season right around the corner, bombshell Playboy model Shanna Mclaughlin headed back to the University of Central Florida -- her alma mater -- to pose in the stadium locker room for Orlando-based aXis Magazine. However, the Playmate's scantily clad display of school spirit ruffled feathers with the school's administration and some fuddy-duddy alumni, even though the team's head coach, George O’Leary, signed off on using the locker room. Details below, along with pics and a must-watch video from the photo shoot.
Of course this wouldn't fly at most schools. Yet, for some reason, UCF pimping out their locker room for a sexy photo shoot doesn't really shock us. If anything, the stunt could be read as a subtle, proactive PR/recruiting ploy to demonstrate to future players that UCF can compete with Gainesville, Miami, and Tallahassee in the coed smoke show department. Details about the controversy via With Leather
“I approved the magazine,” 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.”“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.” –Orlando Sentinel
Here's some of her reaction to the outrage via a discussion with ESPN's Tony Bruno.
On if there is outrage over the photo shoot:
"Apparently. This is kind of come about really, really suddenly. I am surprised that it's getting so much attention. It's really bizarre ... I would think that whoever approved it would have done a little bit of research with aXis Magazine. For August, they always do a feature on UCF incorporating some kind of football theme. It's kind of given what it's all about since all of their covers are pretty much the same. I'm kind of just surprised with the administrations reaction to everything."
And on if the outrage has anything to do with being in Playboy:
"I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I was in Playboy. I mentioned that I was a Playboy Playmate and that we're here in the UCF locker room. The two were definitely in the same sentence. I think that the parents at least of some of the UCF students are concerned that their school is being represented this way. I think it's a really positive thing. It was not done poorly in any shape or form. Everyone is over reacting with this thing ... I'm not saying that I know anything, but I'm sure that's not the worst that that locker room has seen."
Er, we'll leave the "that's not the worst that that locker room has seen" means bit up to your imagination...