Story of Te'o girlfriend death apparently a hoax

9:18 PM, Jan 16, 2013   |    comments
Notre Dame Fighting Irish linebacker Manti Te'o (5) celebrates after Notre Dame defeated the Navy Midshipmen 50-10 at Aviva Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. - A story that Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o's girlfriend had died of leukemia - a loss he said inspired him to help lead the Irish to the BCS championship game - was dismissed by the university Wednesday as a hoax perpetrated against the linebacker.

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick says his faith has not been shaken in Te'o "one iota."

Swarbrick says an investigation by a firm the school hired has convinced him that Te'o was duped into an online relationship with a woman whose death was then faked by the perpetrators of the hoax.

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