So there's this. If you haven't read it yet, read it now.
If true, holy shit. It's the movie Catfish, but with a Heisman Trophy at stake and Touchdown Jesus in the background. If not true, holy shit.
The reaction among college football fans and writers has been about what you'd expect. These three best capture what I'm feeling right now (there are also lots of jokes):
seriously, if te'o made this up, he's got a serious problem and i hope he gets help. not joking at all.— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) January 16, 2013
There's a lot to vet in the @deadspin piece on Manti Te'o and the girlfriend hoax...but it's extremely thorough. Makes a stunning case.— Brian Hamilton (@ChiTribHamilton) January 16, 2013
The second is from a respected Notre Dame beat writer. We'll know more answers soon. And if the story is true:
On Te'o: Yet another reminder to always trust cynics, skeptics & haters more than people peddling feel-good pablum. You never know a person.— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) January 16, 2013
Now let's check in with Notre Dame fans:
Okay. Quite a week, eh?— One Foot Down (@OneFootDown) January 16, 2013
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