Te’o’s Troubles: And so the offseason begins

It’s been a big day in the world of sports, especially college football. Between Chip Kelly flying the coop (pun intended) to coach the Eagles and Manti Te’o’s girlfriend hoax, it’s very evident the offseason is going to bring just as much entertainment as the regular season.

In case you missed it, Deadspin released a bizarre story that has the football world rocking.

If you clicked the link, you’re probably just as confused as me and the rest of the world.

Notre Dame released a statement on its Facebook (ironic, huh?) standing behind its Heisman candidate saying:

On Dec. 26 Notre Dame coaches were informed by Manti Te’o and his parents that Manti had been the victim of what appears to be a hoax in which someone using the fictitious name Lennay Kekua apparently ingratiated herself with Manti and then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had tragically died of leukemia. The University immediately initiated an investigation to assist Manti and his family in discovering the motive for and nature of this hoax. While the proper authorities will continue to investigate this troubling matter, this appears to be, at minimum, a sad and very cruel deception to entertain its perpetrator.
Dennis Brown
University Spokesman | Assistant Vice President

Internet hoaxes happen everyday. MTV’s new show Catfish has become a sensation detailing this exact situation, someone using another’s image and creating relationships with people through these imaginary characters. In fact, episode one features someone from Tuscaloosa, who went to my high school. So, it happens every day. It’s common…right?

Well, many aren’t buying the story or Notre Dame’s acknowledgement of the situation. Maybe it’s because we’re all cynical from previous college football scandals (see: Joe Paterno and Jim Tressel), but there are legitimate questions being raised. Like, why would Notre Dame allow news outlets to run stories about this girl the day of the national championship, on Jan. 7, if they already knew of the hoax?

There’s a lot of questions that need to be answered, but before I go passing judgement I’ll wait to hear from Te’o himself, and maybe a few more. It’s a crazy situation, regardless of what happens, but isn’t craziness what the world of college football thrives on?

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