The college-sports world is still reeling over Wednesday’s news that a star football player at the University of Notre Dame is the central character in what appears to be an elaborate hoax.
The controversy involves Manti Te’o, a Heisman Trophy finalist who finds himself trying to explain some bizarre revelations. News outlets had previously painted a picture of a team leader facing a heavy emotional burden this year, after his girlfriend reportedly passed away from leukemia. But it turns out that she never existed in the first place.
Meanwhile, others continue to question the university’s role in the case: Did campus officials wait too long to report the incident, or did they react too quickly? What’s to be made of the robust defense of the football star by Notre Dame’s athletic director, Jack Swarbrick, at a news conference on Wednesday? And what’s in store for the university as other details of the star linebacker’s involvement come to light? Here’s a look at what other observers are saying.
NCAA eligibility rules may have helped Manti Te’o — they barred him from profiting from story, so if he’s lying no fraud/breach of contract.
— Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw) January 17, 2013
No. RT @kevinoncfb: Is there any NCAA issue with a school and player sitting on hoax news for weeks leading up to BCS championship game?
— John Infante (@John_Infante) January 16, 2013
— Dan Bernstein (@dan_bernstein) January 17, 2013