Manti Te'o Manti Te’o (Winslow Townson/The Associated Press)

A lot of Te’o family eyes well up when Katie Couric points out that critics are calling Manti Te’o “a liar.” Mother Ottilia Te’o proclaims: “I am proud of his character. It just hurts to see his picture and his name being displayed as someone that is dishonest.”

Well, that’s what you get when you mess with the Notre Dame football-covering sports media! Or not.