While the most highly anticipated episode of “Katie” still hasn’t aired where I live, Katie Couric went on the radio with Dan Patrick to discuss her sit-down with Manti Te’o. Couric came away believing Te’o and his family, in what will likely (hopefully) be one of the final chapters in this very weird saga.
“I think he did very well in the interview,” Couric told Patrick. “I think it was incredibly compelling. I think he was very honest. Honest about how this relationship unfolded. I don’t think he concocted this hoax.”
Couric, who told Patrick she was shown actually phone records of the hours of conversations Te’o had with Lennay Kekua, who is now believed to be Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, also played voicemails that were left for him. Couric herself was sold that they sounded like a female voice.
Still, Couric thought Te’o was forthcoming about his mistakes, mostly after he received the fateful phone call on December 6th.
“I think he was honest about his shortcomings in terms of being completely honest about the nature of the relationship. I think he conceded that he misled people after he knew something was terribly wrong and that the whole thing was just completely fishy.”
With a wide spectrum of thoughts on Te’o being voiced freely from just about anybody with an opinion, it was interesting to hear Couric’s take on Te’o. When asked by Patrick about Te’o’s personality, Couric jumped on the idea of Te’o just being extraordinarily naive.
“Very. I think he’s a very naive, very young 21-year old, who is very dependent on his family,” Couric said. “I think also, I have to say, from what I gather from his account, the person behind this was extraordinarily manipulative and incredibly, really almost weirdly, intelligent about the way this was conducted.”
With rain falling and the forecast expecting much more, Notre Dame and Clemson are kicking off in primetime anyway.
College GameDay was on campus this morning, showcasing the soggy conditions and the mud-covered campus. And while some wondered whether or not the kickoff would move up to earlier in the day to take advantage of a slight lull in the conditions, kickoff is remaining at 8:22 p.m.
“We’ve been in constant communication with state and local law enforcement and have monitored weather throughout the week and today,” director of athletics Dan Radakovich said in a statement Friday night. “I’ve spoken with campus leaders, State Highway Patrol, and Governor Nikki Haley, and feel confident we can play the game as scheduled. We ask our fans to be conscientious arriving and departing from our campus as we will have some limitations due to this ongoing weather event.”
Ball security will be key this evening, and during an interview with Tom Rinaldi this morning Kelly mentioned the punting and kick game as concerns in these conditions. The Irish came to Clemson prepared for miserable conditions and if the forecast holds, they’ll get just that.
Notre Dame’s tight end recruiting keeps rolling. The Irish received a commitment from Illinois tight end Cole Kmet, who adds a third piece to Notre Dame’s 2017 recruiting class.
Kmet is a 6-foot-4, 230-pounder, joining fellow blue-chipper 2017 tight end Brock Wright in next year’s recruiting class (they won’t sign until February 2017). He had early offers from plenty of the top programs around the country, but picked Notre Dame over finalist Ohio State, a nice recruiting victory for Scott Booker and Brian Kelly.
Kmet talked about the decision with Irish 247 who broke the news:
“I think it was just a gut feeling knowing it was Notre Dame,” Kmet to Irish 247. “I didn’t want to pass on playing for that program and attending that university. It’s always been the school I wanted an offer from and Ohio State made it really close, but I just couldn’t pass on Notre Dame.”