Struggling to explain how Manti Te'ocould have fallen for an elaborate hoax, Pat Forde of Yahoo! Sports offers this possibility:
A final word on Te'o. Over the past two days, numerous journalists have speculated about the case, in particular about why Te'o might have participated in the hoax (if indeed he did). I have no idea, and it's far too early to tell how to assess what role Te'o's religion might have played in any of this. Latter-day Saints encounter the same range of human struggles as everyone else, and regardless of what those are in Te'o's case, I hope he finds some measure of peace from this media firestorm in the days ahead.