The only way these two could be the same person is if Mac Cerullo made up the beginning of the column. That's unlikely because his fellow reporters would know if there really was a Mac Cerullo or not. And there would be student records from UConn to examine. Ultimately, this debate seems pretty insignificant unless Mac Cerullo is a fictitious person--and I now doubt that that's true. However, we have seen how apparent truths turn out to be misintepretations.