Manti Te'o's girlfriend and the Deadspin story that changed everything

Mike Ehrmann

Deadspin has published a lengthy and convincing case that Notre Dame star Manti Te'o's dead girlfriend, one of the 2012 season's defining story lines, was never real.

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):

The second is from a respected Notre Dame beat writer. We'll know more answers soon. And if the story is true:

Now let's check in with Notre Dame fans:

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