February 27, 2013
Manti Te'o's first appearance on a football field since the BCS championship game didn't go as well as planned Monday in Indianapolis. The Notre Dame star and Heisman Trophy runner-up was clocked at 4.82 seconds in the 40-yard dash. NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock had said Sunday anything faster than 4.7 would be "phenomenal. " Anything 4.8 or over would be a "concern. " The workout came more than a month after Te'o's highly publicized online romance with a girlfriend was exposed as a hoax.
January 18, 2013 |
NOT ONCE but twice after he supposedly discovered his online girlfriend of three years never even existed, Notre Dame All-American linebacker Manti Te'o perpetuated the heartbreaking story about her death. An Associated Press review of news coverage found that the Heisman Trophy runner-up talked about his doomed love in a Web interview on Dec. 8 and again in a newspaper interview published Dec. 10. He and the university said Wednesday that he learned on Dec. 6 that it was all a hoax, that not only wasn't she dead, she wasn't real.
January 26, 2013 |
NEW YORK - The person Manti Te'o says was pretending to be his online girlfriend told the Notre Dame linebacker, "I love you," in voice mails that were played during his televised interview with Katie Couric on Thursday. Taped earlier this week, the hourlong talk show featured three voice mails that Te'o claims were left for him last year. He provided the messages to Couric and said they were from the person he believed to be Lennay Kekua, a woman he had fallen for but never met face-to-face.
January 24, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o admitted to Katie Couric he answered questions about his "dead," online girlfriend even after he received a call Dec. 6 from a woman posing as the fake person. Te'o also maintained he played no part in the hoax. Pressed by Couric to admit that he was in on the deception, the all-American said he was convinced the woman he knew as Lennay Kekua died in September. Te'o claims he never met Kekua in person but developed a serious relationship with her through phone calls and electronic messages.
February 24, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Manti Te'o laughed and smiled and seemed to have accepted the new reality in his life: that a football star who almost won the Heisman Trophy now has his name indelibly linked to a hoax involving a girlfriend who never existed. "When you're walking through grocery stores and you're kind of like giving people double-takes to see if they're staring at you, it's definitely embarrassing," Te'o said Saturday at the NFL scouting combine. But Te'o also said he wouldn't have stood up in front of hundreds of reporters in his first news conference since the report surfaced last month if he had not moved past the embarrassment.
January 31, 2013 |
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - TV psychologist Phil McGraw said Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, who masterminded the dead girlfriend hoax involving Manti Te'o, told him that the Notre Dame linebacker was not involved in the scheme and that he ended up falling "deeply, romantically" in love with the football player. McGraw spoke Wednesday on the Today show, previewing his interview with Tuiasosopo, a 22-year-old California man who created the fictional woman Te'o knew as Lennay Kekua. Tuiasosopo's interview with McGraw will air in two parts on the Dr. Phil show starting Thursday.
January 6, 2013
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Manti Te'o is not Tim Tebow minus a few letters in his last name and a few million sonnets written about his amazing exploits. That's too shallow a description for the inspirational leader of Notre Dame's No. 1 football team. It puts Te'o in competition with another man's legend, which isn't fair, and suggests that there is some kind of blueprint that the purest and most humble of college football heroes must follow. There isn't. Fact is, there has never been anyone like Te'o, who forged a path from Oahu to Notre Dame; a Mormon among Catholics; a Samoan among Hoosiers; and, here at the golden end of his Irish career, a linebacker among Heisman Trophy finalists.
January 19, 2013 |
Three days after news broke about his fake dead girlfriend, Manti Te'o reportedly finally spoke. ESPN said the Notre Dame linebacker was sitting down with one of its reporters late Friday night in an off-camera interview with his attorney. The network said it would provide details of the interview during Friday's late SportsCenter, but had not done so in time for this edition. Earlier Friday, athletic director Jack Swarbrick said the school had encouraged the Heisman Trophy finalist to talk publicly about a hoax that turned the feel-good story of the college football season into one of the most bizarre in memory.
January 4, 2013 |
TWENTY-FOUR YEARS later, it still seems so unlikely. The walk-on placekicker from Kaneohe, Hawaii, standing a mere 5-5 and 135 pounds, with a style as unorthodox as they come, emerging as the hero in a game that jump-started Notre Dame's last national championship season. That remarkable Sept. 10, 1988, night at Notre Dame Stadium has since been deemed "The Reggie Ho Game," a triumph etched in Irish lore. That night, starting his first collegiate game, in front of a national audience, Reggie Ho nailed each of his four field-goal attempts, including a game-winning, 26-yarder with 73 seconds left, to help 13th-ranked Notre Dame knock off No. 9 Michigan, 19-17.
January 8, 2013
Ed Barkowitz: Alabama is an understandable favorite, but 9-plus points seems excessive and more of a nod to the SEC's dominance in this game. Remember, Vegas isn't trying to measure how much better Alabama is than Notre Dame; it's trying to generate an equal amount of action on both teams. The general public might roll with the Tide, but Notre Dame has an effective running game and a stingy defense and should at least keep it close. An outright Irish win is not out of the question.