In one of the strangest hoaxes to hit national media coverage, Heisman candidate and Notre Dame football player, Manti Te’o was apparently duped by someone he developed a relationship with online. According to reports, Te’o never actually met his online girlfriend, who supposedly died of cancer shortly after his grandmother passed away. Although reporters wrote stories about the hardships with which Te’o was dealing with while in the running for the Heisman, it appears that none of the reporters made significant efforts to verify the identity or story of his girlfriend. Te’o now says that he was the victim of a cruel hoax, and that his girlfriend, who he had never met in person, actually never existed. However, Te’o wasn’t the only one who was duped, the media was too.