When: Fall 2012
Manti Te'o allegedly carried on an online relationship with a woman that he believed to be real over a series of a couple months only to be told she passed away. The question everyone had was, did Te'o plan this whole thing for publicity and support from fans for a potential shot at the Heisman?
Verdict: Based on his interviews and the information gathered, we think Te'o legitimately got "Catfished" on this one. Generally he seems to come off as a young guy who did show some initial skepticism regarding her identity but ultimately believed that his girlfriend did exist. It might be a little embarrassing, but in this case it's better to be stupid than shady, and if he can work on that 40 time he'll still get first-round money.