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Notre Dame president defends handling of Manti Te'o hoax

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08:36 AM ET 01.26 | Top administrators at Notre Dame decided within hours of hearing about the Manti Te'o dead girlfriend hoax that it did not involve a crime and within two days had concluded there was no NCAA violation, according to a letter sent by the university president to board of trustee members on Friday. The Rev. John Jenkins told trustees that despite "the unrelenting scrutiny of hundreds of journalists and countless others - and repeated attempts by some to create a different impression- no facts relating to the hoax have been at odds with what Manti told us" on Dec. 27-28. The letter was obtained Friday by The Associated Press from a university official who provided it on condition of anonymity because the private school's internal workings are confidential.

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January 26, 2013  10:13 AM ET

Come on Mods, enough of these Manti Te'o's threads!!!!! Just what is your point?????? Manti Te'o, is "NOT" a friggin criminal!!!!! Get with the program amd do your job!!!!

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January 26, 2013  10:51 AM ET
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The media today is pathetic. Trying to make a story out of nothing merely so they can embarrass this young man for other people's amusement. Has anyone truly taken an interest in this story?

I totally agree!!! Manti Te'o did "NOTHING" wrong and now FN is still trying to "Sensationalise" this case. It's time for FN and the people who post these articles to move on!!!!!!

January 26, 2013  11:27 AM ET

Yes I think we all have teo fatigue at this point......a long time ago actually.

January 26, 2013  11:34 AM ET

Manti Te'o needs to go away! This whole topic needs to disappear! Te'o is a drama queen and the press is helping continue the story! GO AWAY!

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January 26, 2013  02:00 PM ET
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Manti Te'o needs to go away! This whole topic needs to disappear! Te'o is a drama queen and the press is helping continue the story! GO AWAY!

He'll be back in the news in a couple months when Jerrah trades up to draft him.

January 26, 2013  02:01 PM ET

And, as far as the admininstrators go, Lizzie Seeberg's family says 'hi'.

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January 26, 2013  02:42 PM ET

Move along people---nothin to see here!!

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January 27, 2013  09:34 AM ET
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You're right ... just imaginary stuff anyway. heh heh

Hope you're not one of those people who talks to a guy that died 2000 years ago and to whom he talks back. heh heh

January 27, 2013  11:25 AM ET

What new they supported pastors that rap,e little boys.

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January 27, 2013  02:49 PM ET

Notre Dame is always surrounded by a cloud of controversy, at least this one is totally harmless. So what, they have a cross-dressing star linebacker with an on-line boyfriend that he pretended was a girl. No big deal. It's not like people in the real world hold that kind of stuff against him like the people within his faiths. His mor(m)on brethren would ostracize him for this behavior, and his catholic brethren would do the same, if anyone actually believed in that nonsense anymore. However, I, a real life heathen applaud 'Teo for his alternative lifestyle, and I say, "Stick it all the way up". He's a hero to the LGBTGZW community and should be elected mayor of Funkytown.

January 27, 2013  06:26 PM ET
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Notre Dame is always surrounded by a cloud of controversy, at least this one is totally harmless. So what, they have a cross-dressing star linebacker with an on-line boyfriend that he pretended was a girl. No big deal. It's not like people in the real world hold that kind of stuff against him like the people within his faiths. His mor(m)on brethren would ostracize him for this behavior, and his catholic brethren would do the same, if anyone actually believed in that nonsense anymore. However, I, a real life heathen applaud 'Teo for his alternative lifestyle, and I say, "Stick it all the way up". He's a hero to the LGBTGZW community and should be elected mayor of Funkytown.

Well you would know. After all Sandy Underpants is a euphemsim for the Gays at Black Beach in San Diego.

January 27, 2013  06:29 PM ET
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Well you would know. After all Sandy Underpants is a euphemsim for the Gays at Black Beach in San Diego.

*Black's*

 
January 28, 2013  01:50 PM ET

Now they are free to investigate the "hoax" their football team pulled against Alabama.

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