published Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Story of Te’o girlfriend death apparently a hoax

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    Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o stands on the sidelines during an NCAA against Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. Notre Dame issued a release Wednesday, saying a story about Te'o's girlfriend dying, which he said inspired him to play better as he helped the Fighting Irish get to the BCS title game, turned out to be a hoax apparently perpetrated against the linebacker.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — A story that Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o’s girlfriend had died of leukemia — a loss he said inspired him to help lead the Irish to the BCS championship game — was dismissed by the university Wednesday as a hoax perpetrated against the linebacker.

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick says his faith has not been shaken in Te’o “one iota.”

Swarbrick says an investigation by a firm the school hired has convinced him that Te’o was duped into an online relationship with a woman whose death was then faked by the perpetrators of the hoax.

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