For those who follow this sort of stuff, a lot was made earlier in the year about Manti T'eo's girlfriend dying the same day as his grandmother died. T'eo was the Notre Dame lineback who finished second in the Heisman voting, as well as won a number of national awards for being one of the top college players this year.
He was interviewed and expressed a lot of grief and remorse, and told the world how much he loved her. It was a pretty big story.
Now, it turns out that the gf didn't really exist. He had only talked to her over the internet and phone, and claims he is also the victim of the hoax. Even when he realized what was happening, and reported it to his coach on the day after Christmas, ND officials decided to keep it quiet.
As with most things sports related, it appears that this story is being blown out of proportion, in my humble opinion. I don't know why T'eo would make this up, but it does seem he's guilty of being very naive. I guess that time will tell.
Probably the one to benefit the most from it is Lance Armstrong.