January 17, 2013
In this Nov. 17, 2012, file photo, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o walks off the field following a game against Wake Forest in South Bend, Ind. A story that 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.
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Not once but twice after he supposedly discovered his online girlfriend of three years never even existed, Notre Dame All-American linebacker Manti Te’o perpetuated the heartbreaking story about her death.