In the wake of Notre Dame losing 42-14 in the recent 2013 BCS National Championship to Alabama, the news surrounding the Fighting Irish football program continues to get worse.
Less than 24 hours following the loss, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly interviewed for a position with the Philadelphia Eagles, ultimately announcing several days later that he would return to South Bend. But that story pales in comparison to Wednesday's news bomb.
The Web site Deadspin.com reported that the heart-wrenching story of how Irish senior linebacker overcame the grief of losing his girlfriend (Lennay Kekua) during this past season was indeed a fabrication. And it was a lie that the university acknowledged on Wednesday, that it had known about for some time.
“On Dec. 26, Notre Dame coaches were informed by Manti Te'o and his parents that Manti had been the victim of what appears to be a hoax in which someone using the fictitious name Lennay Kekua apparently ingratiated herself with Manti,” a university statement read, “and then conspired with others to lead him to believe she had tragically died of leukemia.
The University immediately initiated an investigation to assist Manti and his family in discovering the motive for and nature of this hoax. While the proper authorities will continue to investigate this troubling matter, this appears to be, at a minimum, a sad and very cruel deception to entertain its perpetrators.”
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick is conducting a news conference at 8 p.m. Wednesday to provide more insight on this story.
More to come on this story at News-Sentinel.com later this evening.