More in Playboy-related news. Because apparently that’s becoming a regular part of this blog or something.

The University of Central Florida was a little embarrassed last when a photo of a Playboy playmate, Shanna McLaughlin (Miss July 2010), appeared posed in a UCF locker room in very revealing clothes on the cover of a local magazine. According to an article by Anika Myers Palm and Iliana Limon in the Orlando Sentinel, the university was pretty anxious to distance itself from the incident:

In a statement e-mailed to the Sentinel on Saturday, Joe Hornstein, associate director of athletics, apologized 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.

This statement implies that the photo shoot was approved by a newly hired UCF janitor or something. In fact, the “employee without proper authorization” was George O’Leary, head football coach at UCF. O’Leary explained that,

I approved the magazine. 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.”

I have no problem with this. The woman in question (image above) had graduated from the school, and it’s not like it was a Hustler photo shoot. Playboy playmate McLaughlin may be, but it wasn’t actually a Playboy photo shoot. The photography session was for Axis, an Orlando entertainment magazine.

Still, that was his question? He wanted to be absolutely sure that students could buy Axis on campus? [Image via]

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Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer