OF COURSE MANTI Teo of Notre Dame had a fake girlfriend. Of course he used it to his advantage. He might claim he was part of a big hoax. Whatever.
I hate Notre Dame and root hard against them almost every time. Well, every time. The problem is that I really like their coach, Brian Kelly, who wisely spurned the NFL and will keep Notre Dame contenders for a long time.
The only good thing about this is that it embarasses smug Irish fans.
Apparently Teo was told his girlfriend died in September, so he made sure the media knew about it. Now it appears he was told it was a hoax, but he continued to perpetuate the hoax.
I'm not sure what to believe. Deadspin broke the story, which raises flags right there, and now there all kinds of things flying around.
Here's the bottom line - Teo owes Notre Dame an apology, even if he was hoaxed. He should be smarter than that. If you are the stud linebacker at one of the premier colleges in the country, and you surely are on your way to NFL riches, why would you even need a fake girlfriend?
Poor Notre Dame. Not.