Originally written on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 11/17/14
By now you’ve heard the story which dominated sports headlines: Notre Dame inside linebacker and Heisman runner-up (not to mention winner of numerous defensive player of the year awards) Manti Te’o had a girlfriend who died during the season. And today we learned that she never even existed at all. It was all just a hoax. The University stands behind Te’o. Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick has hitched his wagons to Te’o. So, are we to believe that an honors student who graduated early from ND was nieve enough to fall for this? And too macho to admit that he “met” his “girlfriend” online? And this explains why he played so poorly in the national championship game? Or was he in on the fix- cruelly and twisted as he manipulated people’s emotions to gather sympathy and publicity to increase his profile and bolster his future earnings potential? Isn’t Lance Armstrong glad this came up today to take some heat off him. What we do know is that both ND and Te’o knew of this fraud weeks ago an...
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