Thursday, February 3, 2011
Provocative photo draws complaint
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- An Alabama webcam broadcasting the posting of faxed national letters of intent on signing day has drawn a complaint from another Southeastern Conference school after a provocative photo of a female student circulated on the Internet.
ESPN.com's Chris Low writes about all things SEC in his conference blog.
SEC spokesman Charles Bloom said league commissioner Mike Slive contacted Crimson Tide athletic director Mal Moore on Thursday morning after another member school complained. Bloom wouldn't identify the other university.
"The commissioner was made aware of it Thursday morning and he felt it was inappropriate," Bloom said.
Alabama spokesman Doug Walker said athletic department officials would have no comment.
Web photos on what Alabama called its "Fax Cam" showed an unidentified female student in a short, slit skirt standing next to the fax machine and a board where names of each confirmed signee were posted as they arrived.
The student is a Crimson Cabaret dancer who works in the football offices and was wearing her uniform. The dance team performed at halftime of the men's basketball game Wednesday night, which tipped off some seven hours after the signing day webcam went offline.
It was only online the morning of national signing day and is no longer posted on Alabama's website.
The webcam was run by Crimson Tide Productions, which has received attention for a couple miscues in the past year. First, "Mississippi" was spelled with only one "p" on tickets for a home football game against Mississippi State.
Then, songs targeting Auburn quarterback Cam Newton were blared at the stadium before the Iron Bowl. "Take the Money and Run" and "Son of a Preacher Man" played over the loudspeakers.
Alabama fired the part-time staffer who played the songs. Newton's father, a pastor, was involved in a pay-for-play attempt during his son's recruitment by Mississippi State.