Governing Body: UCF Lacks Skinstitutional Control

Much has been made the past few days about a recent photo shoot involving a former Playboy magazine model that took place in the Univ. of Central Florida football team’s locker room.

Shanna Marie McLaughlin

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The ORLANDO SENTINEL recently reported that UCF football coach George O’Leary gave a local magazine, called Axis, authorization for the shoot with model Shanna Marie McLaughlin.

The Sentinel reports:

After video of the photo shoot appeared on the Internet Saturday, a school spokesman said that university officials would be reminding employees about the university’s standards.

UCF associate director of athletics Joe Hornstein then released this formal apology:

“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.

“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.”

When reading the Sentinel’s report and in consideration of McLaughlin’s “modeling” career, the mind can’t help but run wild as to the content of the shoot. Read more…

“The Tommy Lasorda Story” - Starring Al Pacino

• Coming soon to a silver screen near you: Al Pacino as Tommy Lasorda.

Tommy Lasorda Al Pacino

• Oh, the football-playing kids these days, with their hijinks ‘n’ horseplay ‘n’ penchant for shoving broomsticks up each other’s butts.

• With one quick skip across The Pond, John Daly goes from white trash to Eurotrash.

George O’Leary wants his players to kill - er, make that George O’Leary wants to kill his players.

• Not learning the lessons from Vai Sikahema’s slaughtering, Jose Canseco wants to go a few more rounds in the ring.

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George O’Leary Works His Players A Bit Too Hard

Central Florida head football coach George O’Leary is a pretty good coach. He’s not a great coach, but he’s good enough to keep getting hired places. Unfortunately for O’Leary, it seems the only time we hear about him is when he’s doing something wrong. Like say that time he was hired as the new head coach at Notre Dame, but then had to resign the position once the school found out he was lying on his resume (the folks at Notre Dame became suspicious after he claimed to have painted the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel). The last time there was anything in the news on O’Leary, it was due to the death of Ereck Plancher, who died when he collapsed after conditioning drills back in March.

O’Leary took some heat then for possibly working his players too hard in practice, and now more players are coming forward saying that George was too rough on them in practice as well. Take former UCF defensive end DaQuwan McNealy, who quit the team after O’Leary damn near killed him.

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Swearing, Lying Get Coach Fired Before 1st Game

Between Scott Linehan and Lane Kiffin, we’ve learned just how rare it is for a coach to get fired during the middle of the season. But before a team plays it’s inaugural game as a program? Ave Maria University men’s basketball coach Ricky Benitez was axed by the school last week, about a month before the team’s first-ever game.

Ave Maria head coach Ricky Benitez

His sin? According to the NAPLES (FL) DAILY NEWS, he was originally fired for excessive swearing. (Someone tell Sam Mitchell, quick.) But the paper is now reporting that two big pieces of his resume - his time playing for the Puerto Rican National Team and his work as an NBA scout - have come into question. What is it about Catholic universities and coaches who allegedly fudge their resumes?

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Erin Andrews Answers Rumblings of Rutgers Fans

• Rutgers fans are rankled that Erin Andrews wasn’t working their game on Monday. Erin responds by having replacement reporter Rob Stone read her official statement on the matter during the game.

Erin Andrews fullbody

George O’Leary & UCF certainly know how to make a teleconference titillating - just send the media a phone sex number by mistake.

• Figures that Oklahoma football players would get in a bar brawl Sooner or later.

• Jaguars OT Richard Collier is in critical condition after getting shot early Tuesday morning.

• Cubs catcher Koyie Hill makes it back to the Majors after almost having his fingers cut off in a wood saw accident.

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UCF Finds New Way To Spice Up Conference Calls

George O’Leary had finally regained most of the self-respect he’d lost in 2001 after it was discovered that the newly hired Notre Dame football coach had not, in fact, earned a master’s degree from New York University, despite what was printed on his resume. O’Leary hadn’t won three letters while at University of New Hampshire, either, but the damage had already been done. Five days after accepting the Fighting Irish gig, he resigned.

Wrong number

O’Leary would later resurface in Minnesota, serving as the Vikings defensive coordinator for two years, before returning to the college ranks in 2004, this time at the University of Central Florida. The team was 0-11 in its first season, but followed that up with an 8-3 effort the next year. And since 2005, the Knights have been to two bowl games.

Given UCF’s recent success & the high hopes for ‘08, the Golden Knights got the season off to a good start with a 17-0 shutout win over South Carolina State. And it was with great interest that the ORLANDO SENTINEL’s Iliana Limón attempted to join O’Leary’s teleconference yesterday afternoon.

Cue the clowns:

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