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Truth continues to trickle out in Te’o saga

Jan 25, 2013, 7:37 PM EST

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We have likely heard the last words from Manti Te’o and his family about the hoax that started as a sports story and has since turned into a cultural phenomenon. With the story moving from websites like ESPN to pop culture locales like TMZ, Te’o’s appearance yesterday on Katie, former CBS news anchor Katie Couric’s daytime talk show, acknowledged that Te’o and his representatives needed to do the ugly PR work needed to keep the All-American linebacker mainly in the football world, separating himself from characters like NBA player Kris Humphries, who is now more associated with his tabloid marriage and divorce proceedings with reality TV star Kim Kardashian than his exploits on the basketball court.

But in the story that will not die, the hoax surrounding fictional girlfriend Lennay Kekua, the brainchild of 22-year-old Southern California native Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, has taken another set of twists and turns.

Yesterday, a high-powered Los Angeles lawyer said to be representing Tuiasosopo, claimed that Ronaiah was the voice behind the phone calls exchanged between Te’o and what was thought to be Kekua, an astounding feat of subterfuge considering the hundreds of hours Te’o and his supposed long-distance girlfriend spent talking.

While many were once again quick to jump on Te’o — this time for his ability to be duped by a man said to be impersonating a female — Couric played audio of three voicemails left on Te’o’s phone, and just about anyone being honest with themselves heard the voice of a young woman.

The audio was so compelling that ABC News’ Matt Gutman spoke with audio experts that said it was impossible that those recordings featured a man’s voice. And in a New York Post report from Friday, the focus has now shifted away from Ronaiah Tuiasosopo to his female cousin Tino Tuiasosopo, who the post reports is the real voice of Lennay Kekua.

Hoax mastermind Ronaiah Tuiasosopo’s pretty young cousin played the part of “Lennay Kekua,” the fake girlfriend he created, The Post has learned.

Tino Tuiasosopo convinced the Notre Dame grid star that she was the real deal, calling him at school, telling him she loved him and even sobbing hysterically when another girl answered his phone, several of the woman’s relatives said yesterday.

“Tino is the girl that Manti has been talking to all these months,” said a Tuiasosopo cousin.

The revelation shoots down claims by Ronaiah Tuiasosopo’s attorney, Milton Grimes, that Ronaiah altered his masculine voice to play the part of the chirpy, flirty Kekua.

The rest of the Post story reveals some details that make it seem like we’ve finally stumbled upon the truth behind the curious question of who Te’o was talking to for all those hours.

Consider:

Te’o had told ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap the down-to-the-details information about who he thought Lennay Kekua was, and they match up quite closely with Tino Tuiasosopo. Te’o said Kekua worked for her father’s construction company. The Post reports that Tino Tuiasosopo works for her father’s construction company in American Samoa.

In Schaap’s interview, Te’o pointed to the end of Lennay’s relationship with her previous boyfriend as the time his relationship blossomed with Lennay. The Post reports that Tino “assumed her role in the Te’o ruse after she was dumped from a long distance relationship with another man.”

“She said it was OK, because she was doing better. She said she was talking to another person [and] he plays football for Notre Dame — number 5, Manti,” a source told The Post.

In other news related to the story, the Associated Press has obtained an eight-page letter sent from Notre Dame president Rev. John Jenkins to the school’s Board of Trustees, detailing the school’s handling of their investigation into the hoax.

With a detailed outline of the university’s actions and a four-page explanation to the trustees, Jenkins told the board that everything they uncovered has largely been in line with what Te’o told school officials in late December.

“We did our best to get to the truth in extraordinary circumstances, be good stewards of the interests of the university and its good name and – as we do in all things – to make the well-being of our students one of our very highest priorities,” Jenkins concluded in his letter.

Some of the timeline Notre Dame outlined is well known, including that its star linebacker disclosed the scam to his coaches the day after Christmas and it remained unknown to the public until Deadspin.com broke the story on Jan. 16, long after the Fighting Irish lost the BCS championship to Alabama on Jan. 7.

Jenkins wrote that Notre Dame officials talked in the hours after hearing from Te’o on Dec. 26 and agreed there was no indication of a crime or student conduct code violation. Athletic director Jack Swarbrick spoke with Te’o the next day, and on Dec. 28 the school concluded there were no indications of an NCAA rules violation, which could have put Notre Dame’s 12-0 regular season in jeopardy.

The school then made moves to find out who was behind the hoax, thereby protecting Te’o and itself.

“For the first couple of days after receiving the news from Manti, there was considerable confusion and we simply did not know what there was to disclose,” Jenkins wrote.

On Jan. 2, after several days of internal discussion and a week after Te’o’s disclosure, Notre Dame retained Stroz Friedberg, a New York computer forensics firm to investigate the case and whether any other football players had been targeted.

That the university ended up hiring one of the leading firms in digital forensics and cybercrimes should end any of the outrage that emanated from certain media outlets, who characterized the investigation as something akin to keystone cops, with criticism coming rather loudly from those who questioned the tactics used by the independent investigators.

Yet it took just two days for the investigators to come to the conclusion that Te’o was indeed the victim of the hoax, and that it presented no threat to the school. Combine that with the fact that Te’o had hired Creative Artists Agency to represent him, and Jenkins told the board the school “concluded that this matter was personal to Manti.”

 

 

 

 

  1. ndnapa - Jan 25, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    I have to admit that in all of this time and many tweets, blogs and articles I’ve read, I have yet to read ANYTHING funny or witty regarding this entire situation-no matter how hard the “(nit)wits” tried. I would also say definitively that anyone who cannot empathize with Teo with rampant examples of this catfishing and internet romances leading to real-life marriages through muti-million dollar dating services, is much more naive than Teo could ever dream of being or simply unworthy to clean his shoes.

    Teo is more authentic and compassionate than any of these stains of humanity. And while I would never let them get anywhere near my family, I would gladly welcome him, or anyone like him, in. There has never been a bigger credit to this university.

    • samnitrile - Jan 26, 2013 at 3:36 AM

      Well said. I would let my daughter’s date him. His faults could be worse.

      • jerseyshorendfan1 - Jan 26, 2013 at 10:52 PM

        Are your daughters real?

  2. texasirishfan - Jan 25, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Okay, I think we have all ridden this horse enough. Let’s get back to the business at hand, Notre Dame football and recruiting.

    • ndgoldandblue - Jan 26, 2013 at 8:06 AM

      No kidding. Being a North Dakota native, I associate this whole ordeal to one of our winters. Just when you think it’s over, we get more of it. To quote Bill Murray from Groundhog Day, “There’s no way…that this winter…is ever going to end.” Yep…my feelings on the Manti Te’o saga are summed up right there. Nude, I know you’re with me on this.

      • nudeman - Jan 26, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        Yep

    • dillonbigred - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:31 AM

      Agreed, but I am curious about one thing. Will R.T. and any involved hoaxers get paid for the Dr. Phil and other interviews? I pray they do not profit ffrom this cruel hoax

      • papadec - Jan 27, 2013 at 6:41 PM

        dillon – of course he’ll get paid. It’s the only thing that will draw him out of hiding. Probably his motive from the start.

  3. glowplugv - Jan 25, 2013 at 8:57 PM

    While everyone keeps saying that there is no way to prosecute the perpetrators of the hoax, I think there is. We have yet to hear what the impact is to Manti’s draft status and eventual contract negotiations. If it comes out that this hoax affects either where he is drafted or how much money he gets, I think that would be demonstrated financial harm. Because Manti is who he is, it is doubtful that he would consider encouraging the FBI (who would own the case) or institute a civil action to prosecute those involved. However, given the totally irresponsible and cruel nature of this hoax, the participants in this act need to be punished beyond just the infamy they have incurred. If not for himself, he should do it for all those other naïve, lonely or depressed people who have been and will be caught up in “catfish” like events like this.

    • bostonjan - Jan 25, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      “….punished beyond just the infamy they have incurred….”

      What infamy have the perpetrators of this hoax incurred? If anything, this whole soap opera and jaded media coverage has given these low life bottom feeders some time in the lime light for absolutely nothing more than being purely malicous pricks. Profiting at someone else’s expense.

      I can only hope that the pain they’ve inflicted comes back onto them in a most personal, humiliating, and devasting fashion – particularly if it pains their loved ones, assuming they have any. What goes around comes around……Crawl back under your rock, trolls.

      I suspect that Manti and family is/are a more Christian and forgiving lot than I. Manti will go on with his life and undoubtably succeed in anything that he endeavors….his accomplishments to date are a clear indicator. The media jackels will go on to find some fresh meat (someone else’s misfortunes) to feast upon.

      This is the last post I will make on this matter. It’s already gotten far too much press.

  4. jimbasil - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:56 PM

    Teo has become big business and a cottage industry for those jumping on this non-story. Just like glommers to exploit someones mistake and pain. This side-show has become the main attraction Sickening.

    How does Manti trust anyone after this, especially the media?

  5. larrybrown43 - Jan 25, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    By the very nature of the story’s title, shouldn’t the truth gush rather than trickle out?

    • bernhtp - Jan 26, 2013 at 4:56 AM

      The story is trickling because the hoax perpetrators are in hiding. Manti and the university have told all they know.

    • bernhtp - Jan 26, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      Dr. Phil has ostensibly booked Ronaiah Tuiasosopo. This might shed more light on the motivation, planning and other characters involved.

      http://newsone.com/2165263/dr-phil-manti-teo/

      Of course, given the unsavory and malicious nature of this guy’s actions, it will be interesting to see if you really comes completely clean. Given the public evidence thus far, he will have no choice but give some of the truth, but the rest will be open to question.

  6. harvupdyke - Jan 25, 2013 at 11:29 PM

    Rudy can we please change topics already? This stuff is made for reality tv.

    Lets talk about how Rudy is going to win the nat’l champ game & destroy Bama….wait now that I think about it, this story was made up to cover up for that performance!

    Rudy sucks.

    Roll dam tide.

    • papadec - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:21 AM

      OK harv, you have worn out your welcome. Gloat time has lapsed – back under the bridge. Good luck with the next hurricane, tornado, whatever.

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:42 AM

      Hey Dyke,

      Your convenient memory seems to forget the lackluster 25 years in recent Alabama history from the early 80s through the early 2000’s. If i remember correctly, your roll tide was a meager rippling wave, with the most notable stat from that era being 30+ vacated wins due to NCAA infractions.

      Your team beat the snot out of our boys a few weeks ago, but it was only ONE game. What goes around comes around.

      “Winning is great, sure, but if you are really going to do something in life, the secret is learning how to lose. Nobody goes undefeated all the time. If you can pick up after a crushing defeat, and go on to win again, you are going to be a champion someday.”

      Wilma Rudolph

    • ndgoldandblue - Jan 26, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      harvy, how are you enjoying your prison sentence for poisoning the trees on the Auburn campus? Man, you SEC fans have misplaced priorities. But…being a college football fan is the only thing you people seem to have, so have fun basking in the worthlessness of your existence.

      You know, you remind me of the Tim McGraw character from Friday Night Lights. “You just-you ain’t gettin’ it. You don’t understand. This is the only thing you’re ever gonna have.” Sad really.

    • bernhtp - Jan 26, 2013 at 9:59 AM

      You might want to roll your noisome and toxic plague of aquatic bacteria to a place where it is more welcome.

  7. zemaniak - Jan 25, 2013 at 11:59 PM

    Funny thing about the tide, it rolls back out again.

    Enjoy your time. Ours is coming.

  8. 1historian - Jan 26, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Keith;

    As long as this drags on I understand that you have to keep us informed, if only because of the fact that you are one of the few writers that most of us trust.

    I just wish you would drop words such as saga, legend, legacy in connection with it, because such words elevate this thing to a level it doesn’t deserve.

    It started out as a hoax, because it involves an all-American football player from Notre Dame it became a big-time hoax. With the addition of katie couric it became a farce, and if the rumor about dr. phil is true there is, to the best of my knowledge no noun presently available to describe it.

    But – Saga? Legend? Legacy?

    please

  9. ekalderf - Jan 26, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Keith, please be the first to pledge to put down the pen on this topic.

    • nudeman - Jan 26, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      This is exactly right.
      This story continues to live because people keep writing about it.
      Tuisosopo on Dr. Phil? WHO GIVES A FU**?

      Keith, I recognize that you have had a journalistic obligation to cover this
      But it’s time to stop. It really is

      There are 4-5 top recruits in SB this weekend, one of whom is a total game changer (Vanderdoes)
      Your closeness to the program means you probably have inside info on this and other things which you could write about
      For example, BK has still not signed a new deal (I happen to believe he’ll leave after this year, regardless)
      There are the early enrollees; how are they doing?
      There is Heggie, for God sakes

      Please, this story was done over a week ago and is now in an advanced state of rigor mortis
      Box it up, seal it, bury it and let it go

      • jerseyshorendfan1 - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:29 PM

        In fairness o Keith, this is one of the biggest stories (sports related or not) ever to come out of this program. How do you simply not cover it? I know we are all sick of it, but it’s news whether we like it or not. For God’s sake, the Manti “No Such Dame” story trumped the Lance Armstrong mea culpa on Oprah. I knew the day that this story broke, when ESPN was running constant teasers and practically had a diagram of the grassy knoll with Manti as the alleged second shooter, that we were in for the long haul on this one. So deal with it, this too shall pass as they say. Maybe if WWIII breaks out that may break the hold of this news cycle, Michelle’s new bangs and her husband’s inauguration certainly weren’t enough.

      • nudeman - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:43 PM

        jersey
        Is it REALLY a story with anything new to report on?
        Or does the media infatuation just keep it going?

        I understand Keith’s predicament, if one wants to call it that.
        And in every post I’ve acknowledged that he’s got a job to do, so this isn’t about bashing Keith.
        But knowing him as we do, I’m guessing he’s also sick of it

        What is there to write that hasn’t been written 1,000 x already?
        I’m guessing we’ll see a full article on Tui and Dr. Phil next

      • don74 - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:35 PM

        Doyle on cbs.com summed it up pretty well in yesterday’s column. His point is since we know Te’o was duped and he admitted to embellishing the story with a lie the only thing left is to pile on his humiliation. At this point it is crossing a line and moving to cruelty.

        The kid did what he did (we can think whatever we want about it) but in the end he was a victim and he is suffering tremendous humiliation. It’s time to let the story rest.

        I also thing it’s time for voices to be heard and let people promoting events about this that it’s not funny. A minor league ballclub already has a Te’o girlfriend bubblehead night scheduled. Everyone that enters gets an empty box and the “kiss cam” will only feature guys sitting alone. Come on….At some point it’s not funny and it’s just piling on. It’s time to stop.

      • c4evr - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:29 PM

        Don74,

        Once you lie, you can no longer claim to be a victim. And the main reason it doesn’t go away is because it’s so odd – this is 2013… the age of technology where you see things from around the world minutes after they happen. For T’eo to fall for something so ridiculous and how the media is now obsessed with it is more a reflection of the times, not the player.

      • Keith Arnold - Jan 27, 2013 at 7:52 PM

        Believe me, I want this one to go away more than anybody. It’s a horribly bizarre story to follow/cover/think rationally about.

        @don74 — Hard for me to give Doyel a true look after he spewed such ridiculousness in his immediate reaction column. He’s far from the only one who has done a 180 as the truth continued to come out, but guys like that shouldn’t be allowed to make immediate judgments, especially since they’re often times building their opinion around drawing in pageviews.

        The only update I’ll do on this story is when we finally hear from Tuiasosopo and his cousin, or if something substantial comes out that continues this story forward.

  10. jbaxt - Jan 26, 2013 at 10:28 AM

    What a loser, makes up a girlfriend, acts like he loves her, yet never meets her and doesn’t go to the funeral. True love, for a fool.

    • don74 - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      He didn’t make up the girlfriend. Someone else did that. He fell for someone made up as part of a con. VERY big difference.

      • c4evr - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:36 PM

        I got to agree with jbaxt here. Any you girl you are THIS committed to, but haven’t actually met, is made up and exists only in your head. Plain and simple.

      • don74 - Jan 27, 2013 at 11:16 AM

        Following this train of thought…..if you can’t see it, it is not to be believed. That makes the mural on the library a quaint adornment for 6 fall weekends.

        I tend to think if it is believed it is real.

  11. packhawk04 - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    I get that this is a notre dame place, but anything (and theres a lot of it) suggesting teo was at least complicit in this or had a hand in it is ignored by the writers here, while everything to suggest (and theres lots of it) that he is 100% innocent is written and disected and written again.

    He lied. To a lot of people. On a lot of different occasions. Dont forget that.

    • bernhtp - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:33 PM

      He fibbed to his Dad about meeting her and otherwise misled everyone about the depth of their relationship, but all of the evidence shows that we strongly believed in her and the relationship through early December, at least. You can question whether he should have fallen for the hoax, but he clearly wasn’t part of it. Believing otherwise ignores the mountain of evidence that supports every point of Manti’s version.

    • don74 - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      The facts don’t support your premise. Te’o’s failing in this episose is being a rube and falling for a con. He appears to someone that does things “all in.”

      He lied to his dad about meeting her.

      He kept the story going after he was told it was a hoax.

      He was silent for about a week after the story broke.

      You can beat him up for the last three but there is no evidence that he had a part in the hoax.

  12. nchdomer - Jan 26, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Keith, I for one enjoy your updates on this continuing story and have no problem with your continuing to follow the latest developments. You also have articles on recruiting for those who don’t wish to follow this storyline any further.

    As I mentioned in a previous post, the perpetrator has hired an attorney for a reason. It may be to protect from future legal entanglements, whether criminal or civil. People don’t usually hire a lawyer as their spokesman unless they’re trying to protect themselves. I see a very large lawsuit that the Te’o family can bring against the perpetrator and his accomplices for the intentional infliction of emotional distress. There are other claims but I will not make this a legal treatise. And for those who don’t think this matter will go in that direction, go watch the movie The Social Network. A bunch of college kids started Facebook, which let to lawsuits, which lead to a book, which lead to a movie. It is not out of the realm of possibility for this hoax to go in that direction. The references by other posters to Rudy may be more accurate than people think. I see another movie with ND as one of the focal points in the not too distant future. If it does happen, I hope that the profits go to pay a large judgment in favor of the Te’o family for the pain and suffering they are now enduring.

    • bernhtp - Jan 26, 2013 at 1:35 PM

      The only purpose of the lawsuit would be to remove any lingering doubts as to who perpetrated this hoax and who is responsible for the damages, but I doubt the guy has any significant money or assets to go after.

  13. 9irish - Jan 26, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    He fell in love with an ideal…didn’t know what to do when it was a fraud.

    Remember the movie “Paper Moon”? I hardly do, but I remember a scene where Tatum O’Neil went to some Carnival guy for change, and kept asking for different bills and stuff, doubled her money, without him realizing it. She was like 10yrs old.

    So, I just put it into the “what a dumbass” category, and recognize that it happens to alot of people every day. Add love and a woman in there, there is doom on the horizon. Very vulnerable guy…not on the field, but personally.

    Go Irish

    • c4evr - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      ‘not on the field’? You must have missed the BCS game.

  14. jbaxt - Jan 26, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    I love how all you Irish fans stand up for him. As if he’s being treated harshly. If he played for OSU, MI or AL you’d be chastising him. But since he plays for ND he’s the victim. He’s simply a loser, or he’s gay, pick your poison. But it’s one or the other.

  15. jbaxt - Jan 26, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    As far as you guys giving him a pass on “this happens all the time”… To who? No one with any level of notoriety, maybe a 40 year old virgin who needs some cover. He could likely have any girl at ND, but instead chose one, with luekemia mind you, that he never met? If you feel bad for him, you too are being Te’o’d.

    • 4horsemenrideagain - Jan 27, 2013 at 3:04 PM

      Me think jbaxt doth protest too much. Sensitive much?

  16. bernhtp - Jan 26, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    I wonder if he’s 80% sure about this:

    http://deadspin.com/5978674/manti-teo-joins-notre-dames-long-tradition-of-bullshit

  17. yllibnosredna - Jan 26, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    As someone who found this story fascinating a week ago, I think I’ve had quite my fill on this melodrama. For me, nearly all the suspense and intrigue ended after Te’o opened up to Schapp. I read jourmalists’ follow-up articles claiming the interview left more questions than answers. I disagree. Schapp covered all the bases a week ago. He, by engaging Te’o to break his silence, gleaned the only necessary remaining pieces of information from this hoax: This Tuiasosopo guy, with some help from some other people with way too much idle time, orchestrated this entire cat-fishing scheme. Te’o was not behind it nor was he really complicit in perpetuting it for personal gain. Inconsistencies in stories were cleared up and many of them can be ascribed to excusable white lies told by Te’o to shield himself from some obvious personal embarassment. Nearly every significant piece of imformation from this story was divulged and verified by Te’o to Schaap last Friday. As far as I’m concerned, nothing noteworthy has come to light since that time. Unless some contradictory piece of information is brought forth to either indici Te’o and/or Notre Dame, this case is closed.

    • bernhtp - Jan 26, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      Good summary.

  18. cpfirish - Jan 26, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    @texasirishfan…

    You are right… Lets move on past this.. Back to Irish football and 2013 spring ball.. ! No fence against teo, but we are sick of talking about this story..

  19. ajw21 - Jan 26, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    One of 2 things happened. Teo fell for the hoax and lied about never meeting because he was embarrassed. Thats what I believe. The other option was Teo is in on it and is compensating the guy was suposedly created the hoax and he is taking the fall. #2 does seem a little out there for me. Regardless you belive one of the 2 and your not gonna change ur mind with more interviews. If it is #2 we are not gonna find out so turn the page and move on.
    Go Irish!

  20. irish1958 - Jan 27, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Jbaxt: to who is what owls say; to whom is what educated people say.

  21. nudeman - Jan 27, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Keith, there is a lot of news coming from SB about the big recruiting weekend
    Almost all of it favorable re: Vanderdoes, Fitts and Prevot
    You have great sources at ND and are an alum so I’d think you could shed some serious light on where ND is at with these guys

    What are the chances we can table further discussion about Tuisosopo, Dr, Phil, phone logs and the rest of this BS and get something up about that?

    • irishpuma - Jan 27, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      Nudie what you hearing? I got nothing.

      • nudeman - Jan 27, 2013 at 4:09 PM

        Vanderdoes and Fitts both had good weekends and all the usual blather
        “Really impressed … loved the prestige … blah blah”
        Vanderdoes had his parents with him which is a good thing; Fitts didn’t, but supposedly BK is visiting in home this week
        Smythe committed and cancelled his Mich visit

        Vanderdoes is the 800 lb gorilla. Is scheduled to visit Bama
        But for a former USC commit who’s supposedly having trouble getting comfortable leaving CA, I’d be shocked if he opted to spend the next 4 years in Tuscaloosa, AL.

        Just my personal opinion, based on zero inside info:
        Fitts: 60%
        Vanderdoes: 49%

      • irishpuma - Jan 27, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        Thanks Brotha. I agree EV4 will play from day 1 and clog the middle for 4 years. And he can learn from Nixie! This guy is all world. He is from my hood. The area he lives in is not your typical CA. smaller town in the hills, occasional snow, he played at great HS program that always had outstanding line play. All accounts hard worker. I hope he had good visit and it feels right to him. If he gets past the midwest stigma and stays on campus ND has a similar feel to where he is now. Not identical but similar. lol……

        If and I agree with you its 50 50 at best….but if we get him you are looking at a defensive recruiting class with EV and Rochell on the line, jaylon, deeb, randolph, at LB and you get butler, luke, and Redfield in the secondary. Massive Defensive class. Not too mention how natural Folston looked at Corner in the all star game.

        And thats before fitts and hollins come on board lol…..hey I can dream.

      • papadec - Jan 27, 2013 at 7:07 PM

        puma – IrishSportsDaily & espn both reporting Smythe as a ND commit, today.

  22. irishpuma - Jan 27, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Ahhhh Smythe in the house!! I like it 6″5 230 Eiffert like plays out wide. Love the TE depth with Heurman and Smythe nice job Irish. We need depth at that spot based on our offense. Great get and he was down to Michigan and Stanford so we can drop him on them in coming years. Texas loss our gain. Must have been a good visit maybe more to follow? I hope so. #irishmob13

  23. waydomer - Jan 28, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    To all those who say they are so sick of the Teo matter, why do you bother reading the article, 55 posts on the article, and then taking the time to voice your opinion that you are sick of it. Your actions contradict your assertions. You’re like the housewife who says she can’t stand the soap operas, while staying glued to them all afternoon. Just admit it you are hooked – and after you watch Tuiasosopo on Dr. Phil, you will once again be telling us how tired you are of hearing about it.

  24. jbaxt - Jan 29, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I love hearing about it because it makes the Irish look ridiculous for giving him excuses. Catfishing happens everyday. He was tricked, this happens all the time, everyone has fallen in love with someone they’ve never met before. It’s hilarious to read what, only Irish fans mind you, excuses people give him. And I thought AL humiliated you. You’re doing more to embarrass yourselves than Lacy did to glorify Te’o’s inability to tackle. Welcome to the 2nd round Manti.

  25. bernhtp - Jan 29, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    The Manti saga is finally put to music:

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