Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o needs to take a long, hard look at the Lance Armstrong spectacle.
If Te'o is lying about his role in the dead girlfriend hoax, he has to come clean now. The alternative is to end up a smaller version of Armstrong, who this week finally admitted using performance- enhancing drugs to win seven straight Tour de France titles.
Armstrong's "confession" to Oprah Winfrey was excruciating. There were far too many rationalizations lots of other cyclists were doping, a win-at-all-costs mentality carried over from his fight against cancer and far too few apologies. There was little remorse for the lasting damage he did to the people he vilified and to the sport he supposedly loved.