Outsports, which bills itself as the "the broadest, deepest, most informative and most entertaining gay sports community" on the Internet, is asking the question, "Is Manti Te'o gay?"
"We've seen rumors and heard stories about countless athletes in the past. But not since Troy Aikman have I been bombarded on email, text, Twitter and phone calls about the sexual orientation of any athlete the way I was [Wednesday] about Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o," writes Cyd Zeigler Jr., president of Outsports, which was founded in 2000.
"I've heard from sports writers, fans of Outsports, leaders in the gay-sports world, and even old high school friends, in the last six hours all wondering, 'Is Te'o going to be the first openly gay NFL player?' "
Notre Dame ended 2010 with a flourish but the momentum failed to carry over to last Saturday, when the Fighting Irish lost to South Florida, 23-20. Now Brian Kelly has a quarterback controversy, with Game 1 starter Dayne Crist struggling against the Bulls and backup Tommy Rees igniting the offense in the second half. Next up are games at Michigan and at home against Michigan State.