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Katie Couric lands TV interview with Manti Te’o

Handout photo of Manti Te'o during an interview with ESPN in Bradenton Reuters

Manti Te’o broke his silence on the Lennay Kekua hoax story Friday night in an off-camera interview with ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap. The interview, over two hours long, still provoked many questions about the hoax and Te’o is no better off today in terms of clarifying his own story than he was before the interview.

Maybe Round 2 will work.

The New York Times reports that Te’o will sit down on camera with Katie Couric during her show “Katie” on Thursday to answer questions about the hoax. He’ll be joined by his parents, Brian and Ottilia.

The Times adds that Oprah Winfrey, who recently interviewed Lance Armstrong, also requested to interview Te’o. If anyone’s wondering why Couric was able to grab Te’o on camera, the fact both are represented by CAA might have something to do with it.

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  1. ttalarico says: Jan 20, 2013 3:09 PM

    @Ben
    Why is Te’o no better off since his interview? Almost all questions were answered. Including lieing to avoid embarrassment. It’s bad enough he was duped online by these people. The press are the ones that made and continue to make this a bigger story than it really should be!

  2. ttalarico says: Jan 20, 2013 3:14 PM

    If an NFL player was charged with sexual assault it would be maybe 2nd page news for a day or two and then it would be off the radar. It’s not like Te’o did anything illegal or broke NCAA rules. He just made an honest mistake in judgement. Let the kid be!

  3. be4bama says: Jan 20, 2013 3:21 PM

    What is like to know the most is, where did the money go that ND raised for leukemia?

  4. mungman69 says: Jan 20, 2013 3:28 PM

    Enough already. Let’s go home.

  5. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Jan 20, 2013 3:48 PM

    Manti has not answered all the questions that have been asked. And some that were answered were either contradictory or evasive. It is really comical to see so many sheep in south bend wearing rose colored glasses! This whole charade smells like the daily fish wrap in the trash.
    Can you say COVERUP nd??

  6. kiopta1 says: Jan 20, 2013 4:05 PM

    Absolutely asinine. I keep getting the feeling that certain members of the media and frequent commenters on these articles aren’t looking for the truth…they want certain answers and not hearing the answer they want just means that everybody-else must be lying.

  7. kozbee says: Jan 20, 2013 4:08 PM

    ND = None Dumber

  8. sdemp says: Jan 20, 2013 4:17 PM

    Covered up what? A fake girlfriend. . . There is no cover up, Manti got duped and everyone else got duped as well.

    Last time I checked, having a girlfriend or not is nobody’s business whether its a made up girlfriend or not.

    Media looks just as dumb as Manti so now the media is trying to make this kid out to be some awful person.

    Spin it however you want, there is no story or has anyone done anything illegal or against NCAA by laws.

  9. tyler4richardson says: Jan 20, 2013 4:20 PM

    ESPN’s original transcript included a part where Manti said a girl claiming to be Lennay was waiting for him in the hotel lobby the day before the national championship. ESPN has since convienently deleted that part with no mention or correction as to why. Why include that and an hour later ESPN deletes it? Manti and his camp obviously had a deal on what would be published from that interview. Until he gets in front of a camera, with zero editing, I think the kid is shady.

  10. mgscott says: Jan 20, 2013 4:20 PM

    Is he going to hold up his Raiders jersey after ?

  11. BigBeachBall says: Jan 20, 2013 4:29 PM

    Hes not heterosexual…. Next story…

  12. slartibartfast4242 says: Jan 20, 2013 4:39 PM

    Is Lennay going to be sitting next to him for the interview?

  13. slartibartfast4242 says: Jan 20, 2013 4:40 PM

    I usually take all of my imaginary friends along with me wherever I go.

  14. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 20, 2013 4:52 PM

    Look Mickey Mouse wants the liar on TV.

    Disney which owns ESPN wants to help rehabilitate Te’o at all cost, consider this a favor to Notre Dame to help with damage control.

    Why?

    In the next 15 years, NBC, ESPN and Fox are going to pay $25.5 billion dollars to college athletics to fill their respective sports networks. Notre Dame is one
    of the big boys. What better way as to get inroads with Notre Dame than to help rehabilitate Te’o and have a chit to call in.

    I find it fascinating that the parents who were screaming to be left alone and to respect their privacy are now going to agree to be on TV. ND’s fingerprints are all over this. You saw that Wednesday when the AD effectively set Te’o up as the fall guy when the AD called Te’o a “mark”. ND will do what is best for ND and Te’o is on his own. No eligibility left, no NCAA violations, ND is clean and green. Just do a softball interview with Katie, have Te’o express remorse for lying and maybe cry a little, and the episode is over.

    Notre Dame and Te’o deserve each other and no amount of lipstick on the pig is going to make the pig a supermodel. Truth is NOT @ Notre Dame.

    Where are the proceeds from the fundraiser Notre Dame endorsed for a girlfriend who never existed?

    Pathetic, Notre Dame, Pathetic

  15. inhokewetrust says: Jan 20, 2013 4:59 PM

    He’s gay move on….

  16. bratbeach says: Jan 20, 2013 5:28 PM

    Last time I checked, having a girlfriend or not is nobody’s business whether its a made up girlfriend or not.

    —-
    He made it people’s business when he allowed her death to become a part of his public storyline. HE is the one who opened the door to this aspect of his life. He’s the one who allowed his “girlfriend” and her “death” to become a matter of public knowledge and discussion. He is the one who chose to mention her in interviews and answer questions. He is the one who called her a girlfriend, told people he met her, and neglected to mention that this relationship existed solely online & over the phone.

    If he was genuinely duped then no he’s not the worst person ever nor is it some major crime but you can’t have it both ways. Te’o and ND fans had no problem talking about his “girlfriend” when they thought she died and he had no problem answering questions about it and talking about how great it was to see him triumph in light of such tragedy. You can’t suddenly decide that it’s a “non-story” and not okay to discuss just because the situation has taken a turn that is unfavorable to you.

  17. guinsrule says: Jan 20, 2013 5:32 PM

    Wow! Katie Couric…the tigress of the interview world. What are the odds she offers Te’o some bubblegum during the interview?

  18. nuggets43 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:28 PM

    People hate Notre Dame so much I love it. Makes me laugh knowing that some guy is sitting in his house legitimately pissed off at a school and football program, posting long tirades and imagining up conspiracy theories about a school. A school.

    And I love the people that are really mad at Manti too, saying things like “I used to respect him and thought him a great person.” What the heck? You’ve never met the guy. How could you look up to some guy you never met. Get real role models and stop idolizing some football player for going through some hard times and being humble. Stop looking for heroes in the entertainment industry.

  19. be4bama says: Jan 20, 2013 6:41 PM

    Again nugget all I want to know is where’s all that money?

  20. be4bama says: Jan 20, 2013 6:44 PM

    Don’t forget Te’o played the pity card at the Heisman awards ceremony after he knew it was all a hoax.

  21. nuggets43 says: Jan 20, 2013 6:51 PM

    Bama,

    http://m.nypost.com/p/blogs/collegesports/leukemia_fundraiser_shell_shocked_1RveGUOyKWTg1nLo7KQVeI

    It was less than five grand and it went where it should have. Do you think ND was looking to pocket five grand?

  22. dannythebisforbeast says: Jan 20, 2013 7:14 PM

    Couric is Kekua. Kekua is Couric.

  23. dannythebisforbeast says: Jan 20, 2013 7:20 PM

    The only people who need answers are the potential teams that may draft him. Because they are drafting a potential nut bag or possible an outed middle linebacker which in either case he will have difficulty leading a defense.

  24. jesse1834 says: Jan 20, 2013 10:05 PM

    ABC(Disney) vs. Oprah

  25. Deb says: Jan 20, 2013 10:22 PM

    With all due respect to Oprah, her interviews now air exclusively on her cable network. If I had a message to deliver, I’d opt for a nationally syndicated talk show as well. The other option would be to tape something for a morning news show, or for Dateline or 60 Minutes. But with Robin Roberts on limited duty, I’d probably go with Couric as well. Like Oprah, she’s a tough interviewer but neither of them are Mike Wallace back in the day.

  26. pricecube says: Jan 20, 2013 10:49 PM

    If he wants anyone with more than two brain cells to rub together to believe him then he needs to open up his phone records. They could be redacted to afford some modicum of privacy. This is something anyone would want to do if they were telling the truth. It is corroborative evidence. If you were lying on the other hand…

  27. barbeaux says: Jan 20, 2013 11:06 PM

    He and ND lied to maintain the son story.

  28. barbeaux says: Jan 20, 2013 11:07 PM

    *sob

  29. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 20, 2013 11:29 PM

    nuggets43 wrote: Jan 20, 2013 6:28 PM

    People hate Notre Dame so much I love it. Makes me laugh knowing that some guy is sitting in his house legitimately pissed off at a school and football program, posting long tirades and imagining up conspiracy theories about a school. A school.

    And I love the people that are really mad at Manti too, saying things like “I used to respect him and thought him a great person.” What the heck? You’ve never met the guy. How could you look up to some guy you never met. Get real role models and stop idolizing some football player for going through some hard times and being humble. Stop looking for heroes in the entertainment industry.

    No nuggets43,

    People of integrity and GOOD character despise what Te’o AND Notre
    Dame have done. Te’o is merely a tool used by Notre Dame to market their brand. Since he is now out of football eligibility, he is nothing to them.
    Liz Seeberg? Collateral damage that can be managed in the press.
    Manti Te’o and his web of deceit and lies would have been quietly swept under the rub and forgotten if the Deadline piece had not hit the net.

    Te’o knew he was living a lie and Notre Dame knew that the lie was beneficial to the Notre Dame image of an “underdog”….”Look, This kid lost his grandmother AND his girlfriend within days of each other and he is STILL out there playing for good old Notre Dame!!!!. Cue the Notre Dame fight song!!!!”

    Bovine feces.

    Any ND supporter that backs a liar like Te’o and supports sexual assaults
    on women by allowing alleged rapists to continue to represent them as long
    as their team wins, is a VERY sick puppy. You value winning football at all
    costs and truth and honesty and integrity mean NOTHING to you.

    Just ask the Seebergs about Notre Dame honor.

    Pathetic, Notre Dame, Pathetic.

  30. harvupdyke says: Jan 20, 2013 11:34 PM

    Words cannot describe how happy it makes me that twwl did not get this “exclusive”as they had hoped. F Jeremy schaap too. I have neither the time nor the patience to watch a network that whores itself out for the big story – on a constant basis.

    On a lighter note, can’t wait for the continued hours of mindless entertainment this whole story provides among Rudy fans. Is he devious, duplicitous, or just dumb? Especially those mopes that really support him…I’m so glad they have their own blog on this app. Thanks NBC.

    Hey Rudy way to show up in the nat’l champ. game! 42-14…5 ft nothin, hundred & nothin…those mopes that cry make me laugh.

    Roll dam tide.

  31. harvupdyke says: Jan 20, 2013 11:53 PM

    Yes Rudy the “troll” is laughing at you.

    The cousins are laughing at the catholics.

    Roll dam tide.

  32. rcali says: Jan 21, 2013 1:11 AM

    I guess Oprah was busy? Kelly Ripa not interested?

  33. nuggets43 says: Jan 21, 2013 3:32 AM

    amos,

    What’s the real story in your mind? Did Te’o create the fake girlfriend? Did Notre Dame? Or if they didn’t create her, when did they know she was fake? Tell me the story of what happened. Your post makes no sense to me because I don’t know what your reality is.

  34. bills4 says: Jan 21, 2013 8:37 AM

    Thank goodness this idiot only has to tackle moving objects for a living. I’d hate to see him with a job that needs a thought process.

    “I said unleaded, you idiot, not diesel!”

  35. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 21, 2013 9:04 AM

    nuggets43 wrote on Jan 21, 2013 3:32 AM

    amos,

    What’s the real story in your mind? Did Te’o create the fake girlfriend? Did Notre Dame? Or if they didn’t create her, when did they know she was fake? Tell me the story of what happened. Your post makes no sense to me because I don’t know what your reality is.
    _________________
    Nuggets43,

    Sorry if you have no common sense or a conscience, just blind loyalty to a brand, in this case, Notre Dame. I don’t need a reality because I didn’t manufacture a lie.

    Face it, Te’o is a naive, ignorant college kid who was living the dream playing college football for a top tier program. Devoid of any common sense or discriminating attributes, he got played, big time. Footnote, the word discriminating is being used as having a set of standards in which you disseminate what you view and know, not based on race, religion or creed, (Sad that I even have to explain a word.)

    Te’o allowed the situation to rule him. Case in point, when Coach Kelly AND
    Notre Dame started to advance the demise of the fake girlfriend, Te’o did not
    the character to step forward then and say that it may be a fake. This is where
    Notre Dame AND Te’o decided to milk the situation for all it was worth.

    Take the South Bend Tribune article in which Te’o states that they met at the Stanford Notre Dame game in 2009. even going to the point of telling that their eyes locked. Was that a lie on Te’o’s part because he knew they hadn’t met?

    The South Bend Tribune interview had to be set up by the Notre Dame Sports
    Information Department because EVERY major program doesn’t even think of letting an athlete, much less a budding star give an interview without their
    consent. Notre Dame saw it as an opportunity to market their brand. You’d
    agree that it makes a great read if it is TRUE. The Notre Dame Sports Information Department saw this as a compelling story as part of a carefully
    crafted story line to build for a Heisman candidacy. Every story about Te’o
    this past football season included this episode as either a lead in or a substantive part of the info bit.

    Be honest, would Te’o even been considered a Heisman candidate if the story line had just been that he lost his grandmother? No, Football America would have yawned and said “So?”

    Notre Dame kept feeding the story for the 24 hour a day sports networks as a
    way to bring attention to Notre Dame. Te’o bought into and welcomed the attention and used the story to both his and Notre Dame’s advantage.

    You saw what happened when the truth came out, Notre Dame distanced themselves
    so fast from Te’o, you had an AD shed crocodile tears for a person who never existed.
    Notre Dame is still doing damage control by the lame excuse of an interview last
    Friday night and expect even more drama when Te’o et al go on to Katie Couric’s
    interview and get nothing but huge slow softballs to hit.

    Point is, Te’o and Notre Dame deserve each other because they lied to advance themselves and when the stuuf hit the fan, it’s every man for himself. Notre Dame
    will protect the brand at all cost, even if it has to burn Te’o to do it.

    Why not see what Notre Dame did to, and continues to do, the Seeberg family and then tell me Notre Dame doesn’t protect it’s brand.

    Pathetic, Notre Dame, Pathetic.

  36. jpirish58 says: Jan 21, 2013 9:51 AM

    Ok Let me say This Im a ND Fan. Not a sheep. For those People who Hate ND, This story will never go away or end. I want some detractor to answer this question. If this was any other school besides ND, which I remind you is a Catholic, Liberal University, Would this still be a story? The issue is not a college kid who is shy & was Conned. Its about throwing MUD at ND. There is & never will be ANY Middle Ground on ND. You loe or Hate. Any contrary answer is a lie.Was there a CRIME was commited and was there any MONETARY gain By Teo?. The ANSWER IS NO!!!!!. This story has HURT him if anything. He will lose draft position because of this. In conclusion. Unless something else is UNearthed. This story is over .Get Over it. Oh one thing I forgot… Obama is coming to get your Guns too. Go Crawl back in your bunker and Drink some shine…

  37. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 21, 2013 10:54 AM

    jpirish58 says: Jan 21, 2013 9:51 AM

    Ok Let me say This Im a ND Fan. Not a sheep. For those People who Hate ND, This story will never go away or end. I want some detractor to answer this question. If this was any other school besides ND, which I remind you is a Catholic, Liberal University, Would this still be a story? The issue is not a college kid who is shy & was Conned. Its about throwing MUD at ND. There is & never will be ANY Middle Ground on ND. You loe or Hate. Any contrary answer is a lie.Was there a CRIME was commited and was there any MONETARY gain By Teo?. The ANSWER IS NO!!!!!. This story has HURT him if anything. He will lose draft position because of this. In conclusion. Unless something else is UNearthed. This story is over .Get Over it. Oh one thing I forgot… Obama is coming to get your Guns too. Go Crawl back in your bunker and Drink some shine…

    ________________

    No you are a sheeple…blinded by unconditional blind loyalty to a brand.

    Te’o and Notre Dame gamed the system to advance both parties achievements. You use a very slim situation in the Te’o situation to act as the aggrieved “victim”.

    Why aren’t you pounding the door of President Jenkins on the Liz Seeberg situation were a CRIME was allegedly committed? I tell you why, you find it acceptable for your
    leaders to mislead and obfuscate a very serious situation in order to keep the spotlight
    off of the precious Notre Dame and it’s football program. What kind of “sick” people
    allow an allege rapist to return to the football field to represent their University and do nothing about it?

    Explain why President Jenkins won’t meet with the Seeburg family?

    Explain why the University police department gave information of an ongoing investigation to an influential alum of Notre Dame who happens to be one of
    Chicago’s top plaintiff attorney’s who just so happens to represent Prince Shembo
    on a pro bono basis BEFORE the University police even talk to the suspects 9 days after the incident?

    Can you say Quid Pro Quo?………

    All we’ll hear is crickets from the ND supporters who are looking forward to waking up the echos.
    family?

  38. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 21, 2013 11:09 AM

    Jpirish58,

    To answer you question directly, if this happened at any other school, say Alabama, you would be harping ad nausem about how “This would NEVER had happened at Notre Dame” and you would be leading the charge about how pure and ethical Notre Dame is…… which is the furthest from the truth.

    Face it Notre Dame got caught and is now playing damage control.

    BTW, what is with the excuse that Te’o had a poor National Championship game because of the “pretend” girlfriend? No, the “pretend”Heisman candidate with a “pretend” girlfriend and the “pretend” national contender in “pretentious” Notre
    Dame football team got exposed for the frauds they were 42-14. I guess karma must really be a bitch when your football team is exposed as a fraud and your University is exposed as a fraud as well.

    Roll Tide

  39. jpirish58 says: Jan 21, 2013 12:04 PM

    Yep Just Keep Throwing MUD No Crime except a Lie, Embellished yes. I could care less about Your Roll tide Just keep on over recruiting and graduating what % of your football players. When you find a Crime in this let me know. You have to have a crime to have a coverup.Football is all thier is in the South. You Lost the Civil war deal with it.Football is a Religion Down there Yall… There is more to life than football

  40. ttalarico says: Jan 21, 2013 12:07 PM

    By the way, before you ask, Manti is a United States citizen. His birth certificate is on file and has been certified as genuine!!

    Go Irish!

  41. ttalarico says: Jan 21, 2013 12:09 PM

    I also find it amazing that all this attention is drawn on a school that is no longer “relevant” in college football.

    Go Irish!!

  42. jpirish58 says: Jan 21, 2013 12:12 PM

    Wow Im impressed you Know How to Spell Quid Pro Quo.. Shocking. Yep You forgot Declan Sullivan. It took you two blogs to get down your thoughts?. You need a life seriously. Im not going to insult you. We dont do that in the North. Why dont you go listen to Rush or Go Visit Bear Bryant. Oh I forgot. Go Genuflect in front of the Saban Statue, or Better yet Get your Buddy & go poison some Trees. I have a life .Football is a game. You need to find something else to to do.

  43. jpirish58 says: Jan 21, 2013 12:25 PM

    Agreed.. He coomited no crime, made no $$$ This is all about tearing down Teo, & ND, who last time i heard is not Relevant. Whats all the Fuss about a school In Indiana. If he played at anyother school. this would have faded away. Oh well keep throwing Mud Guys It’s not sticking. Hater Got nothing better to do than hate….. WE ARE ND!!!

  44. foreverlsu says: Jan 21, 2013 12:39 PM

    I knew the ole “graduation rates” argument would come up from ND fans after ND got destroyed on the football field. Then again, it only took about two weeks for all of the trash talking Irish lovers to come back to this site to even discuss that game. Anyone seen or heard from irishdodger?

    Go join the Ivy League and discuss graduation rates because your football team stinks!

  45. ttalarico says: Jan 21, 2013 12:47 PM

    Tell that to the 12 teams they beat this year.

    Go Irish!

  46. foreverlsu says: Jan 21, 2013 12:49 PM

    Big 10 and Service Academy teams don’t count. Now how many?

  47. ttalarico says: Jan 21, 2013 12:57 PM

    I suppose Stanford, and USC don’t count either?

    I sure wish ND played all the puppies the SEC teams played. Not to mention the fact that the ND schedule was rated as the toughest in the country before the season started.

    You ND haters are really funny! We love the attention. Keep it up. Really!

    Go Irish!!!

  48. ttalarico says: Jan 21, 2013 1:08 PM

    I want to commend all the Alabama fans that I met at the NC game. The vast majority showed a lot of class before and after the game. I was impressed.

    Evidently none of them visit this blog.

    And did someone mention graduation rates? Again, a pat on the back goes to the Alabama football program that currently ranks #7 with a 75% rate. I sincerely mean that.

    With that being said, they are still 22% behind ND who is ranked #1 at 97% graduation rate.

    Of course the idiots posting on this blog will point out that graduation rates are “irrelevant” just like ND is!

    Go Irish!!!

  49. jpirish58 says: Jan 21, 2013 1:39 PM

    Graduation Rates are Irrelevant? Maybe in the SEC, Also we dont Stockpile Recruits like the SEC. North of the MNason Dixin line there is life after football. Its not a religion like The almighty SEC. Good God…

  50. foreverlsu says: Jan 21, 2013 3:09 PM

    @jpirish,

    Call it a hunch but I’m guessing you didn’t graduate from Notre Dame now did you?

    Where exactly is the NMason Dixin line?

    Please explain how the SEC “Stockpiles Recruits”

    Keep defending the school that pays for an investigation (with no interviews) of a dead girl that does not exist over an investigation of an alleged rapist that played for the almighty Notre Dame.

  51. dcroz says: Jan 21, 2013 3:36 PM

    Wow, jpirish58 must really be into that Irish whiskey on here.

    Great for Notre Dame and its graduation rates. It’s always impressive when a private, highly-selective university crows about how many more graduates it has than a public institution. Then again, considering how ND has not had anyone to leave early to turn pro like ‘Bama has in ages, they should have a higher graduation rate.

    And football not religion at ND? That has got to be the most inane lines of all time on here. ND has long been known to use football to promote itself and have a license to print money for decades. How many times do we have to hear about the saintliness of Rockne, O’Brian, Leahy, Gipp, Rudy, and any of the myriad other “echoes” that ND loves to truck out whenever it suits them to promote itself as the center of the good, clean, ethical college football world. And had the Irish won two weeks ago, we would all be getting treated to a heaping helping of more of the same, with Manti enshrined as the newest legend to be mentioned ad nauseum, culminating in yet another creation of the ND public relations department: “Rudy II: Te’o”.

    But, now that this story not only did not have the heartwarming ending of T’eo hoisting the Heisman or caressing the crystal but instead one of humiliation and deception, you want to hear none of it. ND is now the “city on a hill,” showing us all how to do it properly and that you would have ascended the throne were it not for those cousin-marrying, mobile-home-living, chromosome-missing, tooth-rotting, Klan-loving, evolutionary-regressing, crystal-meth-manufacturing, lying, cheating, stealing, oversigning semi-humans that live south of the Mason-Dixon line. T’eo has now gone from being the center of your universe to innocent victim of both a sinister cousin and escapees from the cast of “Deliverance.” And as a result, you now want no one to pay attention to the story because it no longer works in your favor, when until 8:30 EST January 7 you couldn’t get enough Manti.

    You know, you may as well join the Big Ten; you’re full of the same excuses for failure as they are. Maybe when you wake up and understand that this ain’t the 1960s, that the Midwest is no longer college football’s biggest recruiting hotbed, that segregation is long over in the South so that you don’t automatically get your pick of the nation’s best black talent, and that appealing to a generation that has at best a lukewarm opinion of religion to play for “Mother Church,” you will then rejoin the ranks of annually relevant instead of just once-in-a-blue-moon.

    In the meantime, enjoy your whiskey.

  52. 1historian says: Jan 21, 2013 3:46 PM

    With this news this whole thing has officially become a farce

  53. WingT says: Jan 21, 2013 4:25 PM

    I bet Notre Dame and NBC are secretly having discussions and negotiations on creating a new TV Series based on this true life story. Guests appearances by Lou Holtz, Rudy and maybe even the pope. Probably not the Pope, but at least a Cardinal or two. Lindsey Lohan is expected to play the girlfriend ( she’s definitely a nobody). Coach Kelly insists on playing himself in the series. Should be a great success and generate lots of $$ for ND – that’s all they care about.

  54. nuggets43 says: Jan 21, 2013 5:04 PM

    Amos, I’ll address your paragraphs in order

    1. I don’t think I’m showing blind loyalty to a brand. I’m looking for the facts.

    2. Yes, Te’o is naive. Yes, he got played by the hoaxer. You chose to explain the word, you didn’t have to. I know what it means.

    3. Yes, he allowed the situation to rule him and led the press to believe they had actually met when in fact this girl was someone he had an exclusively online relationship with. Notre Dame brought forward what they felt were the facts of Te’o’s circumstance: that his girlfriend had died. Yes, they milk the situation, but there’s no evidence that Notre Dame has any idea Te’o is exaggerating the relationship. This is all on Te’o.

    4. The author of the article is the one that states Te’o met Kekua in 2009. His source was Brian Te’o, Manti’s dad. Manti did not speak with the author about meeting Kekua, and I don’t even know if he spoke to the author at all.

    5. Again, the source for that article was Brian Te’o, not Manti, so the meeting between Manti and the SBT was not set up by Notre Dame. Suppose Manti did meet for the interview; what does that prove? Nothing. There’s still no reason to believe Notre Dame thought or knew Te’o was exaggerating the relationship. The press was clamoring to speak with Manti, Notre Dame gave them what they wanted. The story was good for everyone involved.

    6. I don’t know. But every program has campaigns to assist their star player win the Heisman. It even starts before the season.

    7. Yes

    8. How did they distance themselves? Swarbrick went to bat for Te’o on live TV and defended him fully. ND was being mocked for “blindly” defending Te’o, not distancing themselves from him.

    9. We know Te’o lied and exaggerated. Still no evidence that Notre Dame did so. How did they burn Te’o? I still don’t understand that.

    10. The Seeberg case is a separate incident and I don’t want to get into that because I want to stay on topic. But I want to clarify that Lizzy Seeberg never alleged rape.

  55. jpirish58 says: Jan 21, 2013 6:45 PM

    Excuse me Sir I did graduate from a University in the Big Ten But am a fan of Nd. I have a Job, That was supposed to be North of the Mason Dixon Line. I type this at Work Sir Do you Have a job I dont Have time to sit at my computer and spew Vitriol all day like you do, I made a syntax error sir. Why dont you google those two word if you dont understand Have a nice day Have a chew on me….

  56. jpirish58 says: Jan 21, 2013 7:08 PM

    Mr dcroz . Wow all that Vitriol & Hate over a Kid who Commited no Crime or Made no $$$ off an Embellishment. Wow You have proved my point that football is a Religion in the south. You BS but you wont discuss Grad Rates or Over Recruiting, I believe its called Gray Shirting…..One Last Thing I will say is this Let he who has No sin Cast the First Stone. That quote is in the Bible. You should look it up I dont Think Good ole Bear Bryant or Nick Saban Said that. I realize that you folks are still upset over that Civil War. But your Boys lost that one. So Take your Shine, Fly your Rebel Flag & discover Life is More than Football. Yall have a Might Fine Day Now Ya Hear……. Go Irish!!!!

  57. dcroz says: Jan 21, 2013 7:19 PM

    jpirish58:

    That “vitriol” was not over Manti; I couldn’t give two rips about him. It was about you and your fellow Irish fans that enjoy looking down on the rest of the world from your ivory tower, pretending that you are all that is right with academics, with football, with the world at large…until it all go awry, then you want to chastise us for paying attention to your feet of clay (talk about casting stones…). And I wouldn’t be admitting that I graduated from a Big Ten school if I were you. Unless you went to the “e e cummings school of grammar,” you shouldn’t be bragging about the “superiority” of education up north with atrocious writing like yours. So go down a few more rocks glasses full of that Irish whiskey; perhaps the hangover that results won’t be half as bad as the one you’ve been suffering the last two weeks.

  58. jpirish58 says: Jan 21, 2013 7:37 PM

    I wrote about The Teo Case Sir. Your Hate Is Jealousy.The Notre Dame Looking down on You Is The way it appears to you. Your really need to talk to some one about all the Haterd You spew. Good Lord Get a Life. I bring up Teo You take a swipe at the School. There has to be a crime to have a cover up sir. Why Dont you go look that Up. The Reason This is a story is it Happend to a Kid At ND, So all the haters could take their Shots. Well You Know What That Dome Is Golden & Has Teflon on it so throw all the Mud ya Want. By The way find something else to do with your time. You can Be a productive member in society. There is more to life than football Go out & experience all it has to offer Thanks Yall have a Good Night now ya Hear!!!

  59. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 21, 2013 8:07 PM

    Nuggets43,

    Care to explain the over two hours of tapes that the sports journalist has with Manti Te’o on the South Bend Tribune article in which Manti tells him “their eyes locked”, in South Bend. Dad wasn’t there. Nice try though.

    Is the sports journalist lying about the tapes?

    Using your own words, you admit that Notre Dame was and still is complicit. Your words,

    …”The press was clamoring to speak with Manti, Notre Dame gave them what they wanted. The story was good for everyone involved.”

    That is what the Notre Dame Sports Information department does. That is their job, to put Notre Dame and their athletes before as much media as
    they can to promote the brand.

    The key is Te’o had the control to tell the truth and he failed. Notre Dame knew before the Heisman presentation that it was a lie and did nothing. They allowed Te’o to continue to lie and misrepresent what was known all the way up through the national championship game. It is this ongoing connivance by Notre Dame that leads many people that the truth is what Notre Dame wants it to be in order to protect the brand. ND showed it in the Te’o case, the Seeberg case and perhaps other we know nothing about.

    That is known as lack of moral character. Keep putting lip stick on that pig and just maybe you’ll have something attractive enough that Manti could date.

    Oh, since you are an ardent supporter of Notre Dame, have you contacted the Office of the President, John Jenkins and demand that he pursue the Seeberg case? Remember. the rape was reported and filed with the Notre Dame University Police Department, The County DA decided not to pursue the rape charge since the repondent committed suicide and her report was considered hearsay rather than a dying declaration

    Will you cower behind the thought that Notre Dame covered up a sexual assault on a dead young
    coed or stand up as a man against violence against women? Or will that interfere with waking up the echos?

  60. WingT says: Jan 21, 2013 8:12 PM

    jpirish58
    Perhaps you don’t recall the recent lashing over ethical behavior that the following schools have received on this board; USC, THE OSU, Penn State, Da U ( more to come on this one) .

    The world is not against you bro, just against liars and cheaters and such

  61. mogogo1 says: Jan 21, 2013 8:22 PM

    For a guy with people supposedly helping him with PR, this string of interviews is turning into an utter disaster. All that happens is he looks even dumber and/or like he’s still lying. His official story is now as follows: I was too dumb to figure out she was fake despite repeatedly being rebuffed in my efforts to meet her. Yet, for reasons unexplained, I still felt the need to lie to my family and others about meeting her. And, I was such a self-centered clod that visiting her in the hospital or attending the funeral didn’t even occur to me.

    This story would already be dead if he’d simply acknowledged he was in on it. Instead, he’s drawing distinctions between what exactly he lied about like that’s a battle he can win.

  62. nuggets43 says: Jan 21, 2013 9:25 PM

    Amos,

    I don’t know about those comments by Manti to the SBT. Lets assume you’re right and I’m wrong. What did ND do wrong? There’s still no evidence they knew Manti was lying. Nor is there any evidence that Notre Dame knew of the hoax at the time of the Heisman ceremony. Until you can prove that, you have no case against Notre Dame.

  63. nuggets43 says: Jan 21, 2013 9:27 PM

    And again, Lizzy Seeberg never claimed she was raped. Read the report of what happened.

  64. nuggets43 says: Jan 21, 2013 9:29 PM

    When you knowingly exaggerate a crime, what does that say about your moral character? You use the term rape because its worse than what the player was accused of and you want your case to be stronger, and trick people that don’t know the case into thinking it was a rape case

  65. jpirish58 says: Jan 21, 2013 10:05 PM

    When Is em,bellishing this story, when the guy gained 0… I would appreciate it This is not a scandel. No Crime, No NCAA violations. I beg to differ Im not here very often, but the Vitriol vs ND is just Mind boggling. Nothing against you I dont agree. This is Twice the story it would be at any other school . Sorry Bud..

  66. jpirish58 says: Jan 21, 2013 10:13 PM

    Mr dcroz Well Buddy I dont have time to run Spell check on my writings, This is a public forum. Your insults dont affect me your hatered Towards ND is at Full rage. You need to Move on. If you’d like to start name calling Im not going there. Thats all you got Is Hate. When you find Some Evidence Come & see Me Sir. Im still waiting for an explanation on the 80% sure that Teo was in on this to be Revealed. Have a nice day Buddy. Mix some Haterade with your shine.

  67. jpirish58 says: Jan 21, 2013 10:19 PM

    Mogo: You would like him to admit that he was in on the Con on him? WHY show me evidence that he invented the story for Heismman attn. Dude you know he played at ND dont ya. So much for your Stupid Southern Justice. Wow Just Wow.. Get a Life

  68. be4bama says: Jan 22, 2013 8:35 AM

    I hope you nd folks just watched the Today show. More to come tomorrow. Stay tuned and ROLL TIDE

  69. jpirish58 says: Jan 22, 2013 10:27 AM

    Well Thanks Mr Tide. This States a 2nd witness who verifys that TEO wasnt behind the Hoax. He was set up. This guy and he told this girl that he conned Teo. Ha Thanks Buddy Read into it what you will. As I said before The Only reason this continues to be is a story is Because its about a ND Kid. ND is Ratings. Deal with it. guys……

  70. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 22, 2013 10:53 AM

    Nuggets43

    With all due respect,

    You are the atypical fan of a successful national program, you are blinded by unconditional loyalty and will accept anything that Notre Dame releases.

    Case in point, the South Bend Journal sports writer has two hours of unedited audio from the interview with Manti, that formed the basis of his series of of ongoing articles last fall on the episode in question.

    Point Two, Notre Dame protects the brand and has thrown Manti under the bus. He is on his own and you’re now seeing how pathetic the entire episode was. Which leads to,

    Point Three, In the press conference last week, the Notre Dame AD said that Manti would be having a full press conference in the near future. When will that be? Answer, never. The AD realizes that this is a huge feces burger and he wants no bite out of that delicacy. It’s a Te’o burger for one.

    As to the Seeberg case there has never been a official report released on a “Finding of Fact”, you know why? Because it raises more questions.

    The University released a series of press releases after the County DA no billed the sexual assault charge on Prince Shembo since the one filling the charged was deceased and her rape report was considered hearsay and considered inadmissible.

    For the University to file a Formal Finding of Fact, they would have to include evidence which would include the rape kit that Liz Seeberg completed, before going to the hospital. Geez, Where is the rape kit? You and I both know that if the results exonerated the suspect involved, Notre would have been shouting from the rooftops about an innocent young man being wrongly accused. Really where is the rape kit? Where is the document on the Chain of custody of the kit? These are items that have never been answered.

    Go ahead and believe the “sanitized” release that Notre Dame put out. it is your prerogative, just don’t try to sell Notre Dame as a paragon of virtue and sound moral ethics. That dog won’t hunt.

  71. jpirish58 says: Jan 22, 2013 11:37 AM

    Mr Stagg; I am speaking of the Teo case Sir. You seem to keep playing the Seeburg case card. I am not referring to that. You bring that case back again & Again. Seriously Buddy. Oh by the way. If you think that ND Threw Manti under the Bus Your the Biggest fool On here. Looking threw your Crimson Mask. Swarbrick went all in support of Manti. Wow. Do you watch Fox News for your facts. Your wasting your time on here Bud. You should write a conspiricy novel. You & your SEC Slappies will Never be Happy Until you Bury the Irish. . You have Blind loyalty to the Rebel Flag. Go poison a tree today…..

  72. foreverlsu says: Jan 22, 2013 12:15 PM

    hey jp

    In case you missed it, the SEC did bury the Irish. Can’t think of the last time Notre Dame beat an SEC team or won a bowl game for that matter.

    Why all of the bitterness toward the South? You complain of the hate directed at Notre Dame but take a look in the mirror and explain these intelligent posts you wrote:

    “Blind loyalty to the Rebel Flag,”

    “Stupid Southern Justice”

    “So Take your Shine, Fly your Rebel Flag & discover Life is More than Football”

    “Obama is coming to get your Guns too. Go “Crawl back in your bunker and Drink some shine”

    “Im not going to insult you. We dont do that in the North. Why dont you go listen to Rush or Go Visit Bear Bryant. ”

    ND fans must be so proud of your posts.

  73. jpirish58 says: Jan 22, 2013 12:23 PM

    Wow I post One Comment on the Teo situation and The ND haters come out of the woodwork. Man you seriously Need to Find something else to do Sir. Do you spend all day on Here. I have more than Fifty Comments. all This shows is Haterade Is Rampant in the SEC. Get A Job & A Life. Wow……. BTW Im not afilliated with the School. These opinions are mine alone. Just so you know Buddy…..

  74. be4bama says: Jan 22, 2013 3:29 PM

    JPirish please STHU and go away.

  75. jpirish58 says: Jan 22, 2013 3:48 PM

    Wow. Sorry Buddy. You seriously need some Help.. Repeat after me…… There is More to Life that Football There is More to life Than Football… There is More to life than Football…

  76. be4bama says: Jan 22, 2013 4:09 PM

    First of all I’m NOT your buddy. Second STFU.

  77. nuggets43 says: Jan 22, 2013 5:27 PM

    Amos,

    Again, where is the evidence that Notre Dame knew Te’o was lying? You’re just saying the same thing over and over, but there’s no reason to think Notre Dame knew Te’o was lying. Why should I believe your version of events? Seriously, give me some reason to believe you. Please answer some of my questions.

    Did Swarbrick say there would be a full press conference with Te’o? Or did he say Te’o would speak? I don’t remember, but is that your idea of throwing someone under the bus?

    And I’ve read the entire long Melinda Henneberger article (the one that is very anti ND) where she outlines what happened in that dorm room. There was no rape and Seeberg never alleged she got raped. Read the report. It’s out there.

    Here’s the Henneberger article

    http://ncronline.org/news/accountability/reported-sexual-assault-notre-dame-campus-leaves-more-questions-answers

  78. jpirish58 says: Jan 22, 2013 7:39 PM

    be4bama ;

    Wow I was ripped for making light of the South. You are a great Representive of Some southerners . Not all ; as I have met some fine people from the south. Are you hanging out with the Upstanding Guy who poisoned the Tree at Auburn.? I have a right to an express my views as do you Buddy. Look it up sometime Im sure it’s in the bill of rights. You can access that on the internet too Buddy. You have a fine day Buddy………..

  79. be4bama says: Jan 22, 2013 8:42 PM

    Bless your heart…..I must of really struck a nerve:-). Why you refuse to believe that your beloved school is once again exposed for the fraud they are makes you dumb as a rock. And a RACIST rock at that.
    BTW you may NOT call me buddy and I prefer you address me as ma’am. Bet your momma is real proud of you. Just how old are you anyway? You sound like a 13 yr old pimpled faced fat kid hanging out in your patents’ basement.
    Pathetic.

  80. dcroz says: Jan 22, 2013 8:54 PM

    jpirish58:

    Seriously? You’re telling other people on here to get a life and that there is more to it than football when you’ve posted numerous times over the last two days on this one thread alone? Sounds to me that YOU are the one who needs to heed your own advice.

  81. jpirish58 says: Jan 22, 2013 9:05 PM

    No sir look in the Mirror . When someone makes a comment to me Im going to respond. If you dont like it Thats is your problem Bud…I have a full life Do You?….By the way You are the one who wrote a novel on this. as I said before I wrote about Teo, all you proceeded to do was write on your hate for ND. Sorry….

  82. jpirish58 says: Jan 22, 2013 9:18 PM

    Well Look at all that hate you spew. Wow. I have a Job do You?. Im have a BA Degree do you?. I voted to elect a Black Man as President Did You?.I resent that all you can throw out is insults. I refuse to name call since Im a wee bit older than 13. As I said before maam. You really need to find out how Great life can be outside of a web site.One last thing; Fraud is a crime Maam. There was no crime except for the website that defamed a young man who got Conned. Look that up on the internet. Maam. Have A great Evening Maam.

  83. be4bama says: Jan 22, 2013 9:49 PM

    I voted for Obama in 2008 not because he’s black but I bought into his whole hope and change thing. After 4 years there’s no hope and you can keep the change. He sure didn’t get my vote this time….I’m not stupid.
    That is all.

  84. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 23, 2013 9:24 AM

    Nuggets43,

    Again, you speak of an official report issued by Notre Dame, where is it? What was it’s release date from Notre Dame University?

    Waiting patiently……..

    Crickets.

    Tapping foot……

    More Crickets…………

    Answer: There wasn’t one issued. Notre Dame covered it up.

    Keep defending the brand. Each post you blog shows how myopic you are to waking up the echos. Sad that you walk on a dead girl’s grave to show how great your school WAS.

  85. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 23, 2013 9:30 AM

    Nuggets43,

    Er, Melinda Henneberger is a proud graduate of Notre Dame. Since she didn’t buy into the brand, I guess that makes her anti-Notre Dame? If you don’t drink the kool aid of waking up the echos and actually have a conscience, that makes you anti-Notre Dame?

    You’re showing just how pathetic Notre Dame has
    become. Keep posting.

  86. jpirish58 says: Jan 23, 2013 10:00 AM

    Breaking News.. Scandal.. ND Coverup.. Oh its just Mr Stagg Spreading more RUMOR & INNUENDO.. Never Mind. When You have A SHRED OF EVIDENCE that ND Covered up on The TEO Situation get back with me. Whats your Next Topic… ND caused WWII or Maybe ND shot JR or ND Caused the South to lose the Civil War. How did I know that there would be a SEC post on here today… No News Here Buddy… Move on to the Next Scandal… How To Grow Trees at Toomers Corner when Bama Loses…..
    BTW Why do you continue to Dig up the Seeberg case….Why dont you contact Deadspin, Im sure that will get their attn. Oh Thats right They screwed up on Teo.. My BaD.. Have a Nice Day

  87. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 24, 2013 7:26 PM

    jpirish,

    I guess you condone sexual assault on women by Irish football players..

  88. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 24, 2013 7:58 PM

    jpirish ,

    The discourse I wrote was for Nuggets 43, not for you.
    If I posted you I would you monosyllable words that would fit your BA requirements. Like,

    “See Te’o lie. Lie, Te’o lie.”

    or in the case of the National Championship football game,

    Touchdown, Alabama!, Touchdown, Alabama!, Touchdown, Alabama!, Touchdown, Alabama!, Touchdown, Alabama!, Touchdown, Alabama! and Touchdown, Alabama!

    To converse with you on numbers, 42-14, 42-14, 42-14.

    To include Notre Dame, “Run, Lacy, Run!, See Lacy run past Te’o, Run Te’o Run
    Think you can! Think you can! Think you can!”

    and finally, something that Notre Dame hasn’t heard in 25 years (and counting)
    “Alabama wins the 2013 National Championship in college football!'”

    and my favorite for a semi-literate BA grad,

    “Have a nice day!”

  89. be4bama says: Jan 24, 2013 8:02 PM

    LOVE IT AMOS!!!

  90. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 25, 2013 12:53 AM

    Nuggets43, jpirish etal

    If you saw the Katie -Te’o interview, you saw ND football at it’s finest

    (1.) This is the evidence that ND threw Te’o under the bus. ND is so far away from this, they’re saying “Te’o who?” They want no part of this what so ever. Swarbuck’s news conference was the official “goodbye, good luck, you’re on your own”, complete with crocodile tears.

    (2.) If Te’o is an example of what passes for a Notre Dame graduate, I can see why the athletic graduation rates are at 99%. The boy is dumber than a sack full of rocks. It almost approach a BA degree from an unnamed B1G school.

  91. pegazeuss says: Jan 26, 2013 2:47 AM

    Did anybody hear fantasy football??? Get real, high school kids everyday are living fantasy lives and unfortunately some of them are not alive to give interviews. I would hope that there is a message here for these young kids.

    But of course we need to hear from the ND haters. it’s amazing how many ND haters are out there. Just keep it up it brings more money into a small 8,000 or so student catholic university. You all have been very helpful in building a brand new Engineering building, Research center and medical school on the ND campus.

  92. cupete says: Jan 27, 2013 9:10 AM

    Amos and b4bama – I am sure neither of you have any connection to the University of Alabama football program, they have some class! If your a fan, be happy for your team – it’s pathetic to be a hater!

  93. be4bama says: Jan 27, 2013 9:36 AM

    Cupete my dislike for all things nd go back to the week before the BCS NCG. One nd fan went as far as to wish more tornados to come our way. On 4/27/11 my aunt and uncle we killed in Phil Campbell, AL when an EF5 destroyed their home and most of the small town. Over 250 people in Alabama died that day and those type of comments left many of us hoping BAMA put a whipping on nd which they did!! 42-14. There were many nd posters on CFT leading up to the big game and it was obvious their hate toward BAMA was fierce!! However I’ve not seen anything from them since 1/7/13.

  94. be4bama says: Jan 27, 2013 9:38 AM

    Just a reminder…..Karma is a b*tch!!!
    ROLL TIDE

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