"It does," Couric responded.
The interview was the All-America's first on-camera since his tale of inspired play after the deaths of his grandmother and girlfriend on the same day in September unraveled as a bizarre hoax on Jan. 16.
Couric addressed speculation that the tale was concocted by Te'o as a way to cover up his sexual orientation. Asked if he were gay, Te'o said "no" with a laugh. "Far from it. Faaaar from that."
The first voicemail, he said, was from what was supposed to be Kekua's first day of chemotherapy for leukemia. "Hi, I am just letting you know I got here and I'm getting ready for my first session and, um, just want to call you to keep you posted. I miss you. I love you. Bye," the person said.
Couric suggested the person who left those messages might have been Ronaiah Tuisasosopo, a 22-year-old man from California, who Te'o said has apologized to him for pulling the hoax.
"Well, it didn't sound like a man," Te'o said.
In other football news:
* Federal authorities say former Texas and NFL kicker Russell Erxleben has been arrested and charged with running an illegal investment scheme that raised more than $2 million. Erxleben, 56, was sentenced in 1999 to federal prison for an investment scam.
* No charges will be brought against Texas quarterback Case McCoy and linebacker Jordan Hicks after a reported sexual assault at a San Antonio hotel.
Figure Skating *
Russian star Evgeni Plushenko fell in the short program and dropped out of the European figure skating championships with a back problem in Zagreb, Croatia.
* Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir took a step toward their first pairs title at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, winning the short program in Omaha, Neb.
Philly File *
The Union acquired midfielder Alex Mendoza, 22, a Harrisburg native who spent the last three seasons with Mexico's Pumas.
Sport Stops *
Brandt Snedeker and K.J. Choi shared the lead after the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego. Tiger Woods was three shots back, at 68.