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.
Notre Dame made an initial "termination payment" of more than $6.6 million to Charile Weis when it fired him as coach in 2009, according to tax documents obtained by the Chicago Tribune.
Weis, who was 35-27 in five seasons as coach, will continue to be cut smaller checks until December 2015, so the full scope of his separation agreement won't be known until then.
"Termination payment of $6,638,403 was made during the reporting period to Charles J. Weis under a separation agreement that includes much smaller annual payments through December, 2015," according to the documents.
Weis is currently Florida's offensive coordinator, a job that will pay him $2.62 million over three years. Combined with his Notre Dame severance, Weis is no doubt the highest-paid offensive coordinator in the land.
The good news for Notre Dame is that Tyrone Willingham, the coach Weis replaced, apparently is off the books. Willingham received $650,000 for his "separation agreement" that included payments through December 2009.