Te’o denies having role in dead girlfriend hoax

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In an off-camera interview with ESPN, former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o denies having a role in a hoax involving a fictitious girlfriend. 

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9 baffling questions in the Manti Te’o girlfriend hoax

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College football star Manti Te’o says he was the victim of a cruel hoax, an elaborate scheme in which he fell for an imaginary girlfriend named Lennay Kekua and mourned her when she died of leukemia.

Bizarre twist — Notre Dame star’s late girlfriend didn’t exist

There are bizarre stories, then there’s, well, this.

Manti Te’o’s triumph over personal tragedy became an inspirational theme woven into the fabric of the 2012 college football season. It was by all accounts heartbreaking and inspirational and, according to Deadspin.com, it was also a lie.

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Crimson Tide rolls over Fighting Irish for national title

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. - No. 2 Alabama has stamped itself a dynasty.

The Crimson Tide scored touchdowns on its first three drives against No. 1 Notre Dame and rolled to a 42-14 victory in a BCS championship game that didn’t live up to the hype Monday night.

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ND beats USC, locks up shot at national title

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Theo Riddick rushed for 146 yards and a touchdown, Kyle Brindza kicked five field goals, and No. 1 Notre Dame secured a spot in the BCS championship game with a 22-13 victory over Southern California on Saturday night.

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