Te'o admits to lying about Kekua after Dec. 6 call

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Te'o admits to lying about Kekua after Dec. 6 call

In an interview with ABC's Katie Couric that will air Thursday, ex-Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o elaborated on his thought process after Dec. 6 -- when he received a call from a person who said she was Lennay Kekua, and had to fake her own death to evade drug dealers.
Multiple times after receiving that call, Te'o spoke to the press about Kekua as being dead. He told Couric: "I get a phone call on Dec. 6, saying that she's alive, and then I'm going be put on national TV two days later. And to ask me about the same question. You know, what would you do?"
Te'o admitted to lying to the press about her death, and -- as he did when interviewed by ESPN's Jeremy Schapp -- vehemently denied being a part of the hoax.
A few more important details from the Te'o case came to light Wednesday beyond the Couric interview, specifically involving a few paper trails in the case. First, ESPN reported Te'o showed Schapp his phone records from the time of Kekua's purported car accident (April 28) through her death on Sept. 12. Those records have been a key to Te'o's side of the story -- the investigation commissioned by Notre Dame did not ask for them, oddly enough -- although ESPN was unable to independently verify the records, per its report.
Secondly, the New York Daily News obtained Te'o's 1-800-FLOWERS receipt for the white roses he ordered for Kekua's funeral. A message from Te'o on the receipt read: "My dearest Lennay, although our time together was brief, I feel like Ive known you all of my life. Till we meet again. I love you, Manti.
Perhaps more details about this story can be gleaned from Te'o's interview with Couric, which also included his parents.
"People can speculate about what they think he is. I've known him 21 years of his life. And he's not a liar. He's a kid," Te'o's father, Brian, said in the interview.
Earlier this week, it was reported the Tuiasosopo family may be convening to discuss a public statement, although that has yet to happen.
UPDATE: Phone records were released this afternoon that showed between May 11 and Sept. 12 -- the supposed time Kekua was in the hospital -- Te'o made more than 1,000 phone calls to a 611 area code number, where Kekua lived. 110 of those calls lasted for more than 60 minutes, which would help the verification of Te'o's story that he would stay on the phone with Kekua through the night while she was supposedly in the hospital.
Te'o's interview with Couric airs at 3 p.m. Thursday on ABC.

High School coaches 'leave no stone unturned' in helping players explore next level

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Photo at top: Loyola Academy assistant coach Paul Pryma extends his hand toward a Steinmetz High School player during pregame introductions on Feb. 21. (Andres Waters/MEDILL)

High School coaches 'leave no stone unturned' in helping players explore next level

By Andres Waters
Special Contributor to CSNChicago.com

After Loyola Academy held off rival New Trier 43-40 to win the 2017 Zion-Benton regional championship, Ramblers head coach Tom Livatino had a special message for his players.

"That's the best celebration that I have ever been a part of," Livatino said. "Because everybody was completely about love. You guys love each other and we all can tell. I'm really, really proud just to be one of our coaches."

While the speech was a powerful way for Livatino to tell the players of his appreciation, he and other high school coaches engage in something much bigger to show players how proud they are: college recruiting.

In addition to time spent planning and practicing, coaches also sacrifice countless hours each week helping their players find opportunities to play at the next level.

"It's a really long part of the process, but to be honest, it's a part of the job that I absolutely love," Livatino said. "We demand so much of our players in every aspect. And, from a basketball standpoint, the least I could do is everything in my power to help them out."

Less than 48 hours after the Ramblers completed their season with a loss to Evanston Township in the Waukegan Sectional semifinal, Livatino was back in his office holding individual meetings with each player.

Starting with the 10 departing seniors, Livatino discussed the factors that go into choosing a college for high school athletes.

His conversations with the two players who already committed, senior guards Ramar Evans and Matt Lynch, focused on how they felt about their next steps. With the others, Livatino asked whether they wanted to play at the next level and, if so, which schools they wanted to attend that shared an interest in them. The conversations held with the Ramblers' juniors are very similar.

"I wasn't just looking for basketball, I was looking for a fit academically and socially," said Lynch, who committed to Division III St. Norbert College. "[Livatino] said St. Norbert would be the best fit for me. It fit everything I was looking for."

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From dunks to deliveries: Former No. 1 pick LaRue Martin's unlikely success story

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Photo at top: La Rue Martin poses for a photo at a National Basketball Retired Players Association event. (Photo courtesy of La Rue Martin)

From dunks to deliveries: Former No. 1 pick LaRue Martin's unlikely success story

By Elan Kane
Special Contributor to CSNChicago.com

LaRue Martin Jr. thought his future was set. The Portland Trail Blazers had drafted him No. 1 overall in the 1972 NBA draft. Money and fame awaited.

Fifteen years later, he started work as a UPS driver, struggling to find uniform pants that fit his 6-foot-11 frame.

"There is life after sports," Martin said. "Period."

It's been 45 years since the draft and Martin, a former Loyola University star, is now the UPS Illinois district public affairs and community services manager. He is labeled by many as one of the biggest busts in NBA draft history, but he is fine with that designation.

"I don't believe in saying anything negative, you have no control over that," Martin said. "I took care of my family, did what I had to do and I'm the type of person I can't dwell off the negatives. I can't. I kept my head up high and moved onto a positive mode of life and it has treated me very well."

Martin averaged 5.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in 14 minutes per game in just four seasons with the Trail Blazers. He blames his low numbers on his lack of playing time, but many believe he was just not good enough.

"He didn't get playing time because he [stunk]," said Boston Globe sports columnist Bob Ryan, who has covered the NBA for decades. "[Former No. 1 overall draft pick Michael] Olowokandi didn't do much but I think he did more than that."

Martin is used to the criticism.

"As a young man, reading the papers all the time, that bothered me, I must admit that," Martin said. "But I hold my head up high now because I've been very successful in the corporate world."

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