I'm bothered by what I've seen so far in the form of teasers for tonight's Katie Couric interview with Manti Te'O, and the early media responses thereto.
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It seems like we are into the phase of the story where everyone is judging and psychoanalyzing Te'O. In the interview, he looks totally adorable. Like a man-killing Samoan/Hawaiian teddy bear. Beautiful hair and makeup. Metrosexual sweater and cream-colored slacks on cream-colored upholstery. Comfy chairs; set decoration borrowed from Oprah. Check, check, triple check. Straight outta Compton? Not this time.
So what this seems to be turning into is a national debate about social media, and the pressures of college football, and a story with enough weird sex/non-sex to fascinate a nation of 300 million tv viewers. All things that I couldn't care less about. At least not as told by Katie Couric and Manti Te'O.
What seems to be getting lost in all of this -- and I suspect it is by design -- is Notre Dame's role in pushing the PR angle of the original story. Manti Te'O will get drafted, and he'll sign an NFL contract, and he'll go on to have a good, bad or indifferent NFl career. And I won't care.
What I want to know, is when do we find out how Notre Dame's publicity machine played this to try to win a Heisman for Te'O? Deadspin broke this story; I hope that Deadspin (or a similar blog) breaks the Notre Dame side of this story.