Making Some Sense of the Manti Te’o Hoax

Former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o is making headlines off the field as well.

Former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o is making headlines off the field as well.

Where to begin…

I’ll refrain from going on a long drawn out recap of every detail of the Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax simply because most people have already gotten those details and there are way too many to recall. This entire story is like nothing I’ve ever encountered in covering sports. The story was broken yesterday by Deadspin.com and my mind was blown while reading this article. It had so many twists and turns and plot changes that I felt like I was watching an elaborate mystery thriller and not reading a sports article. With that said, I’ve tried now for the last 10 hours or so to make some sort of sense out of this incredible story. I warn you that I myself have not yet reached a state where my mind is not completely blown but I am in a place where I feel ready to write about my sense of confusion, my feelings of skepticism, and my overall level of intrigue.

This is a sports story like we’ve never before seen, and I venture to bet we’ll never see another one quite like it.

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Tom Corbett to Sue NCAA Over Penn State Sanctions: Why Now?

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett (R) is bringing an antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA over the Penn State sanctions.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett (R) is bringing an antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA over the Penn State sanctions.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett (R) has decided to not let the NCAA sanctions placed on Penn State University stand without a fight. The Governor on Wednesday filed an antitrust lawsuit against the NCAA on the behalf of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He did so on the grounds that the sanctions against the University were “overreaching and unlawful.” The Governor also went on to characterize the sanctions as an attack on past, present and future Penn Staters as well as the good of the economy in the state.

The action of suing the NCAA over these sanctions is not in itself all that eye raising. What draws questions is the timing of it all. Why would Tom Corbett wait until now to file a lawsuit against the NCAA when Penn State has already agreed to these sanctions when they were imposed in July? Also, why would you do so when the program has already completed Year 1 of the imposed 4-year ban? What does Corbett have to gain in all this?

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Too Much, Too Little, Just Right: The Penn State Punishment

Penn State football was hit with devastating sanctions that put the future of the program in jeopardy.

Yesterday marked what seems to be the end of the most tumultuous time in Penn State history. It was the culmination of the biggest conspiracy in the history of sports. The NCAA, who sat by quietly during the last year, was silent no longer. They finally spoke, and spoke loudly. The question that remains to be answered is were the sanctions levied against Penn State too much. We may have to wait a few years for that answer.

Dr. Ed Ray, NCAA Executive Committee Chairman, and Mark Emmert, President of the NCAA, held a press conference early Monday morning to deliver the blow that we all saw coming throughout the weekend. The punch would only add to the shock waves felt after the removal of the Joe Paterno statue from outside Beaver Stadium which took place early Sunday morning. We all knew Penn State was to be hit with unprecedented sanctions, but it is safe to say, no one knew just how harsh those sanctions would be.

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