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by Joe Duggin, FreshReporter
The winners of this yearâ€™s â€˜University Challengeâ€™ have been sensationally disqualified from the show for fielding an ineligible competitor.Â Sam Kay who represented the winning team from Corpus Christi-Oxford ran out of funding for his PhD and was working as an accountant for PricewaterhouseCoopers whilst taking part in the quiz show. Kay, who helped knock out the University of Edinburgh on route to the final, was a student at the start of filming but the rules state that each competitor must be a student throughout the competition.Â Kay has publicly apologised for his error, insisting he did not realise that he was breaking the rules.
In an uncharacteristically sympathetic mood the quizâ€™s host, Jeremy Paxman, said he felt â€˜sorryâ€™ for the Corpus Christi team.
Corpus Christiâ€™s â€˜victoryâ€™ over Manchester University was watched by 6 million as their captain Gail Trimble launched what one opponent described as an â€œintellectual blitzkriegâ€ and as the â€œhuman googleâ€ to became the highest ever individual points scorer on the show.Â The 26 year old has been at the centre of attention throughout the competition wowing audiences with her encyclopaedic knowledge.Â However, some viewers and opponents have attacked her for being condescending towards her team-mates and pig-headed for ignoring their advice.
Furthermore the menâ€™s weekly, â€˜Nutsâ€™, has approached Trimble asking her to do a â€˜tasteful nude shootâ€™.Â The ladsâ€™ magazine attempted to contact the Corpus Christi captain by sending her brother a Facebook message asking for her e-mail address.Â Apparently he replied saying, â€œSeriously, would you send your sisterâ€™s contact details to Nuts?â€
The title has been awarded to Manchester