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Story of Manti Te'o girlfriend a hoax

Updated: January 17, 2013, 6:20 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame says a story about Manti Te'o's girlfriend dying, which he said inspired him to play better as he helped the Fighting Irish get to the BCS National Championship, turned out to be a hoax apparently perpetrated against the linebacker.

The university issued a news release Wednesday after Deadspin.com reported it could find no record of Lennay Kekua existing.

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said in a news conference Wednesday night that ...

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