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Notre Dame star's inspirational story apparently a hoax

6:25 PM, Jan. 16, 2013
Notre Dame stands by Manti Te'o on dead girlfriend...
Notre Dame stands by Manti Te'o on dead girlfriend...: Notre Dame's Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick is standing by star lineback Manti Te'o after it was reported that his allegedly deceased girlfriend was nothing more than a hoax.
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To tell the story of Manti Te'o, Notre Dame's star linebacker, one must discuss his inspirational play in this September's win over Michigan State. Just days after the death of his grandmother and his girlfriend, Te'o racked up 12 tackles and recovered a fumble in a 20-3 victory over the Spartans. The following Saturday, after Kekua's funeral, Te'o made two interceptions in a 13-6 victory over Michigan.

In articles in Sports Illustrated and the South Bend Tribune and in interviews on ESPN, Te'o would recount how his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, requested that he send white flowers to her ...

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