Notre Dame AD encouraging Te'o to speak publicly

Notre Dame AD encouraging Te'o to speak publicly
January 18, 2013, 1:38 pm
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Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick speaks to reporters during an NCAA college football news conference regarding a hoax involving linebacker Manti Te'o on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame issued a release Wednesday saying a story about Te'o's girlfriend dying, which he said inspired him to play better as he helped the Fighting Irish get to the BCS title game, turned out to be a hoax apparently perpetrated against the linebacker. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick says he is encouraging linebacker Manti Te'o to speak publicly about being the victim of a hoax involving a dead girlfriend who never existed.

Swarbrick says he believes Te'o has to explain exactly how he was duped into an online relationship with a woman whose ``death'' was then faked by the perpetrators of the hoax. Swarbrick says school officials would rather see Te'o talk about it ``sooner rather than later.''

Swarbrick says university officials understand there is more to be learned, but based on knowing Te'o he believes the linebacker is a victim. He says he will continue to believe that until given ``compelling evidence to the contrary.''

Swarbrick also says he understands why some people are skeptical about Te'o's story.