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... and buy one bit of the explanation offered by Notre Dame and Manti Te'o today that he was a victim of the hoax.
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I will say this ND is putting a lot on the line backing him right now.
I have no clue what is truth here or not, but there is ton more to lose for ND if there is more not being said...
Lol, they're grasping at straws. It doesn't surprise me that Teo would come up with a story that weak to cover-up the initial hoax, but I am surprised that Notre Dame would actually put it's name behind that weak-ass story. They could have distanced themselves from it, instead they've tied themselves to the stake. That's what gets me.
I agree... He didn't really know his make believe girlfriend wasn't real... A heisman trophy finalist, future top 10 pick in the nfl, Norte dame big man on campus who just won every major defensive award you can win has never made physical contact with his girlfriend?
Teo= Tim tebow 2.0
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this whole story is weird. i have not followed it at all but on the surface its beginning to smell very bad. sorry but couldnt have happened to a more deserving school. GO DAWGS!
South Bend Tribune has now taken down the story I linked above.
are you kidding me?
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God needs a Safety on His team. RIP 21
UGA "Pride, Loyalty, Tradition"
Story is back up now... Wierd?!?!
I'll paste before it is removed again...
What dreams may come
Te'o's, ND's destiny come full circle
October 12, 2012|By ERIC HANSEN - Follow me @hansenNDInsider | South Bend Tribune
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SOUTH BEND - It never felt like a chance meeting, although it probably appeared that way from the outside looking in.
Their stares got pleasantly tangled, then Manti Te’o extended his hand to the stranger with a warm smile and soulful eyes.
They could have just as easily brushed past each other and into separate sunsets. Te’o had plenty to preoccupy himself that November weekend in Palo Alto, Calif., back in 2009.
His Notre Dame football team hadn’t won since Halloween, and a three-game losing streak, that included seismic home setbacks to Navy and Connecticut, was pushing Irish head coach Charlie Weis out the door after five seasons, albeit with a seven-figure financial
settlement set to kick in.
Weis was the man who, in the recruiting process, promised Te’o’s parents that he would take care of their son 4,400 miles away, that he would make sure he graduated and really nothing else, nothing that had anything to do with football anyway.
And once Te’o’s 11th-hour shift away from USC and to Notre Dame took hold, Te’o’s still-confusing leap of faith hinged upon every subsequent word that came from Weis.
The part that stung the most for the Laie, Hawaii, product was that there was nothing he could do in ND’s upcoming clash with Stanford that could reverse the process. His only anchor was about to be set adrift.
There had been delusions by some observers, going into the ’09 season, that the freshman linebacker would be so advanced, so transformational, so immune to growing pains and flat spots in the growth curve that he could help launch the Irish back into a cycle of national prominence.
Instead, it was a school with an even smaller recruiting pool and a less-decorated football tradition that prevailed, 45-38, in what turned out to be Weis’ last game. That same school, Stanford, then proceeded to smack around the old stereotype of needing to compromise
academic standards in order to climb up on college football’s biggest postseason stages.
Te’o would start the game on the bench and finish it with a new career high in tackles, with 10.
This Saturday afternoon at Notre Dame Stadium, three years later and half a continent away, Stanford and the Irish meet again, this time with Notre Dame ascending and Te’o right in the middle of the uprising.
The Cardinal (4-1), ranked 17th, have won three straight in the series and have pushed around the Irish in the process. ND (5-0), which started the season unranked, has pushed itself into the cusp of the national title conversation.
For the first time this season and seventh time in Te’o’s career, his parents, Brian and Ottilia, will be in the stands for the game — along with the youngest of his five siblings, 6-year-old brother Manasseh.
“They’re watching you and they're watching someone who they've given everything they have to live his dream,” Te’o said earlier this week. “My dream is to help them in their dream, too. So, it's always exciting. It's going to be a special occasion to see them in the stands.”
And Manti Te’o is convinced the beautiful stranger will be watching too Saturday, somehow.
Lennay Kekua was a Stanford student and Cardinal football fan when the two exchanged glances, handshakes and phone numbers that fateful weekend three seasons ago.
She was gifted in music, multi-lingual, had dreams grounded in reality and the talent to catch up to them.
The plan was for Kekua to spend extensive time with the whole Te’o family when upwards of 40 of them came to South Bend in mid-November for ND’s Senior Day date with Wake Forest.
“They started out as just friends,” Brian Te’o said. “Every once in a while, she would travel to Hawaii, and that happened to be the time Manti was home, so he would meet with her there. But within the last year, they became a couple.
“And we came to the realization that she could be our daughter-in-law. Sadly, it won’t happen now.”
About the time Kekua and Manti became a couple, she was injured in an auto accident. There were complications during her recovery. And it was also during her recovery that it was discovered Kekua had leukemia.
“That was just in June,” Brian Te’o said. “I remember Manti telling me later she was going to have a bone marrow transplant and, sure enough, that’s exactly what happened. From all I knew, she was doing really, really well.”
Kekua, who eventually graduated from Stanford, was, in fact, doing so well that she was released from the hospital on Sept. 10. And Brian Te’o was among those congratulating her via telephone.
Less than 48 hours later, at 4 a.m. Hawaii time, Kekua sent a text to Brian and Ottilia, expressing her condolences over the passing of Ottilia’s mom, Annette Santiago, just hours before.
Brian awakened three hours later, saw the text, and sent one back. There was no response. A couple of hours later, Manti called his parents, his heart in pieces.
Lennay Kekua had died.
It's probably mentioned in other threads, but I can not believe ESPN is failing to mention the fact that T'eo claimed he met with her in person on several occasions. This tells me he was definitely in on this.
It just really pisses me off that Jarvis was short changed on all those awards and Teo won them most likely due to this crap. I hope the NFL scouts question Teo's mental stability and he drops like a rock in the draft. The way he played in the MNC game he would have been on the bench at UGA. He would have been behind Gillard and Herrera!
Dave, Espn constantly does this in their reporting! I dont even watch Espn unless the Dawgs are playing !
what a loser....
I can't stand the way ESPN tries to Oprah-fy college football with these tear-jerker stories.
Regardless of who got duped or knew what, one simple fact is that the local and then national media lapped up the story like thirsty dogs without checking the facts. Wt did the girls's obituary say? What did the medical records of her death say? Was there any public record of a death, funeral, or memorial service? Once a real journalist started to make these simple inquiries the urban myth was exposed. It took very little effort, but before then the media simply passed along the story without any investigation.
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