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Te'o to be interviewed by Katie Couric

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 07:19 a.m. HST, Jan 21, 2013


SOUTH BEND, Ind. >> Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o will be interviewed by Katie Couric, the first on-camera interview given by the All-American since news broke about the dead girlfriend hoax.

Te'o and his parents will appear on Couric's syndicated daytime talk show Thursday. ABC News announced the interview today, but gave no details as to when it will take place and where.

Te'o gave an off-camera interview with ESPN on Friday night. He insists he was the victim of the hoax, not a participant. The Heisman Trophy runner-up said he had an online romance with a woman he never met and in September was informed that the woman died from leukemia.

Te'o told ESPN that the person suspected of being the mastermind of the hoax has contacted him and apologized.

Couric, now a special correspondent for ABC News, formerly worked as the anchor for the CBS Evening News and was a co-host of NBC's Today Show.

The strange tale of Te'o apparently being duped by an elaborate hoax, pulled off by a California man, has put the Heisman Trophy finalist in national headlines — from the Wall Street Journal to TMZ. In the

The man he said apologized to him for pulling the scam, 22-year-old Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, has not spoken publicly. He and his family have decline the AP's numerous requests for interviews.

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said Te'o reached out to his coaches and university officials on Dec. 26, and the school commissioned an investigation that he said confirmed Te'o was not involved in the hoax. The school received the findings of the investigation on Jan. 4, three days before Notre Dame played Alabama in the BCS title game.

A Notre Dame spokesman said some school administrators thought they should release what they knew about what the hoax as soon as they became aware of it, but the university ultimately decided to let Te'o and his family be first to go public with the story.

Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown told the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune in a story published Sunday that university officials decided disclosing the information about the hoax before the BCS championship in Miami would not be in the best interest of the teams or the individuals involved.

The hoax about Te'os dead girlfriend became public Wednesday when it was reported by Deadspin.com. Swarbrick held a news conference later that day to discuss what Notre Dame knew, and gave full support to Te'o. Later, Swarbrick said the family had intended to speak publicly about the hoax Jan. 21.

Brown said the university was "utterly stunned" when Te'o informed them about details of the hoax on Dec. 26 and had a "difficult time getting our arms around it."

Te'o met with Swarbrick for nearly two hours on Dec. 27 after returning to campus to give a full account of his relationship with the online woman he knew as Lennay Kekua, and then again the next day, Brown said.

How the university should proceed was the topic of discussions between top administrators for a week, Brown said.

The university hired outside investigators on Dec. 29.

"We asked them to focus on any threats to the university or its reputation, by providing more information about the so-called Kekua family that might help us understand motives, or whether they might have had any contact with others at Notre Dame," said Brown, who declined to name the firm.

The investigators were in touch the next day, telling the university they could find no evidence of a Lennay Kekua or any of the relatives she had told Te'o about in several "sophisticated databases" the firm used. Brown said the investigators concluded "the entire family was fictitious, because of their inability to find them, and that the investigation should turn to trying to identify the woman who had been talking to Manti."

Investigators determined the address the woman had given Te'o was real, with a house there that belonged to members of a family named Tuiasosopo, including Ronaiah Tuiasosopo.

Brown said the investigators hired by Notre Dame didn't try to reach Tuiasosopo or his relatives.

The university officials told the newspaper the investigators did not examine cellphone records, emails or other electronic communication to determine the length or extent of Te'o's communication over the past few years with the person claiming to be Kekua, nor did the university ask Te'o to take a lie detector test.

The school informed Teo's parents, Brian and Ottilia, about the investigation results on Jan. 5.

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Information from: South Bend Tribune, http://www.southbendtribune.com

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turbolink wrote:
ND and UH have a lot in common. Stonewalling and inconsistent stories will get you every time. Just ask Presidents Nixon, Clinton, and Greenwood.
on January 20,2013 | 09:28AM
serious wrote:
Correct, my thoughts also, but I would have included Penn State.
on January 20,2013 | 10:07AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
If this story was about whether to order coffee or orange juice for McDonald's Breakfast extra value meal number one, then there would not be any press on it. The basic need of all media is sensational stories that capture the imagination of the public. Man(ti) have the media ever caught our attention !!! The more we read, the more likely we will click on an online Ad to buy something smh.
on January 20,2013 | 11:00AM
allie wrote:
true..I wish we could consider this a personal issue and not an entertainment issue
on January 20,2013 | 11:27AM
pching wrote:
The article forgot to mention that the supposedly conclusive inspection which did not examine cell phone, email, and other communication records was performed by the imaginary Inspector Gadget.
on January 20,2013 | 05:48PM
false wrote:
nice COVERUP for a football game, SAD.
on January 20,2013 | 10:04AM
allie wrote:
agree
on January 20,2013 | 11:27AM
Loyalty wrote:
The lies just keep on comin!!
on January 20,2013 | 10:05AM
false wrote:
He is doing a interview on katie Couric this week with both his parents. This should be interesting. Looks like the SA is slow again
on January 20,2013 | 10:14AM
jussayin wrote:
Heard from pals that ND is like politicians; can't trust 'em
on January 20,2013 | 10:25AM
jussayin wrote:
If Manti wants this story to fade, probably better NOT to do interviews. Wonder if he's getting $$$ for it.
on January 20,2013 | 10:49AM
Kapua91 wrote:
Don't all talk shows compensate those they "interview"? Jus wonderin'
on January 20,2013 | 04:46PM
serious wrote:
I guess Couric was the highest bidder!! At the end they are asked, "have you been directly compensated for this interview? Answer of course, is NO! The money goes to their agent. Where was Oprah in the bidding? or GMA?
on January 20,2013 | 11:00AM
lucky181 wrote:
Actually the Teo family has just hired a spokesperson. Oh yeah, he's also been Katie Couric's long time spokesperson. Conflict of interest much??
on January 20,2013 | 11:20AM
turbolink wrote:
Hopefully he'll have his list of what periodicals he reads memorized.
on January 20,2013 | 11:24AM
false wrote:
oh boy, day time soap here we come.
on January 20,2013 | 11:31AM
false wrote:
oh boy, more of the show
on January 20,2013 | 11:31AM
islandsun wrote:
What a soap opera!
on January 20,2013 | 11:40AM
localguy wrote:
Word is Oprah turned him down, Manti is carrying way too much baggage for her to work with. Lets hope he can clear this up to preserve his name and family honor.
on January 20,2013 | 12:18PM
GorillaSmith wrote:
Oprah is a joke with baggage of her own (i.e. Gayle King). Let's keep an open mind until Manti has his say.
on January 20,2013 | 01:09PM
ichiban wrote:
Manti, I thought you didn't want any more exposure showing how gullible you were and how shamefully you were played. But now it seems you can't get enough of your fifteen minutes of fame (shame) in the spotlight. Please stop. You're scrapping the bottom of the barrel (my opinion) when you appear on Katie's show. Now I'm beginning to think you're playing us.
on January 20,2013 | 01:07PM
allie wrote:
well put
on January 20,2013 | 01:28PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Yes I meant you a-lie.
on January 20,2013 | 02:00PM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
All you haters want answers but yet condemn him when he speaks. Really nothing will satisfy the haters.
on January 20,2013 | 01:59PM
Kawipoo wrote:
I just hate low IQ people.
on January 20,2013 | 03:27PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
????
on January 20,2013 | 02:22PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Sorry my emoji did not work
on January 20,2013 | 02:23PM
niimi wrote:
If I were Manti I would go for the full Montie and get interviewed by Oprah.
on January 20,2013 | 02:08PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Closed book exam and no notes please.
on January 20,2013 | 02:24PM
Nalukai wrote:
He's needs to apologize to the people who supported him ! Notre Dame, people of Hawaii, his family etc...instead he's hiding like he hid the truth this whole time...and then they say these kind of people are 'religious'....hoho !
on January 20,2013 | 02:33PM
ready2go wrote:
What a waste of time.
on January 20,2013 | 02:47PM
Kawipoo wrote:
Who cares? He is either totally stupid or a liar. Either way he does not deserve any more attention than a Forest Gump.
on January 20,2013 | 03:25PM
Wazdat wrote:
Good Luck Manti, lets hope after this the media will move on.
on January 20,2013 | 03:41PM
Allenk wrote:
Hopefully the next interview he has after Katie Couric only deals with football. Seems that the only thing we can believe is what we see with our own eyes.
on January 20,2013 | 04:34PM
Kapaho wrote:
Why is this such a big issue? Let it rest already and move on to important matters.
on January 20,2013 | 05:17PM
jussayin wrote:
Wish that Manti didn't do another interview so this story can fade away. Don't know why he's doing it since he just did the ESPN interview and he said he didn't want to be video taped. A couple of days later he changes his mind? I guess we'll have to hear more about this till at least Thursday.
on January 20,2013 | 10:06PM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
-Dec. 26Manti Te'o informs coaching staff that the girlfriend was a hoax. -Jan. 3: Te'o's quotes. During a press conference leading up to the BCS championship game, Te'o was asked by a reporter how football helped him with the "turmoil you've faced with your grandmother and girlfriend." Te'o replied: "I think whenever you're in football, it takes your mind off a lot of things. You know, this team is very special to me, and the guys on it have always been there for me, through the good times and the bad times. I rarely have a quiet time to myself because I always have somebody calling me, asking, 'do you want to go to the movies.' Coach is always calling me asking me, 'Are you okay? Do you need anything?' I have three roommates, Zeke (Motta), Carlo (Calabrese) and Robby Toma, who are always yelling at each other, 'who's going to play Call of Duty.' I'm rarely by myself, and that's how I like it. I'm always around my guys, always around my family." Mr. Te'o has some explaining to do. I doubt that that question will brough up during the interview because all of this is just a PR ploy.
on January 21,2013 | 10:10AM
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