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The independent firm hired by Notre Dame to dig into the Manti Te'o hoax did no interviews in their investigations, according to an article in Sunday's South Bend Tribune. The firm did not review Te'o's cell phone record, e-mails or other forms on online communication to shed light on his relationship with the fictitious Lennay Kekua.
The report, from Margaret Fosmoe and Erin Blasko, said the firm ran Kekua's name through several databases and found no evidence of existence. They searched for and found public Twitter posts discussing the hoax that suggest Te'o was an innocent victim. They also traced an address that Kekua's "family" provided to Te'o back to a home owned by the Tuiasosopo family. Based on the SBT article, that seems to be the extent of their investigation.
SOUTH BEND -- Facing questions about what they knew of the Manti Teo catfishing scam and when, University of Notre Dame leaders are defending their decision not to reveal it before the Jan. 7
Dan - did you by chance read this paragraph?
"On Jan. 2, the day the football team and the athletic staff flew to Florida to prepare for the national championship game, the university hired a private investigation firm.“We asked them to focus on any threats to the university or its reputation, by providing more information about the so-called Kekua family that might help us understand motives, or whether they might have had any contact with others at Notre Dame,” said Brown, who declined to name the firm."
You topic is not exactly thorough. The University got the exact information that they were looking for.
Interesting. Sounds like they got it right for the most part. I'm wondering why they didn't review Teo's cell phone...would seem obvious to me? Perhaps they weren't allowed to?
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As far as i know N.D. did not and will not release the findings of there investigation. So how the new got this info is questionable. Also who really cares what N.D.' s investigation was. The info gained is not being used by anyone except N.D. Manti told his side of the story you either believe it our you don't. Time to move on!!
I am so tired of this story in way worn out or burned out on it. I say lets move on some are going to believe Manti and others will not and nothing will ever change that.
I'm sure the investigation was thorough enough for ND and Schwarbrick to stick their neck out and support Te'o s version of the story. I bet the reporter doesn't know the complete scope of the investigation or the complete results.
The cell phone records only prove one thing. Te'o was on the phone with someone and he didn't creating a girlfriend out of thin air and make the whole story up.
The cell phone records don't prove if he was talking to Ronianh, Lennay or he just the cell phone go.
I'm wondering if he even has a cell phone record? I'm sure Sprint keeps track of who I call but I don't see a record of it since I went with the unlimited plan.
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How much of their (and my) money were they supposed to spend on a matter that was not a crime against them nor a rules violation. My vote would have been enough to determine that Manti was a victim of a prank and no more.
The ND investigation was a joke it looks like. Doesn't do anything to help people get by this situation. 85 percent of America want to know more and don't believe that's its just as simple as him being "duped".
Almost everyone I have spoken to that are not ND fans, want to see the phone records. They will not be satisfied until they are released.
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Dan- I think your headline needs some work. It's not accurate at all. ND got the answers they were looking for.
Te'o got a twitter confession from the perp and gave out the address where he sent the flowers. If he releases the phone records and they show he did make those calls, the haters will find another excuse.
All the evidence shows the kids was duped.
Brenner, skepticism's a good thing. However, the ND investigation was not initiated for the purpose of helping "people get by this situation." Nor was it even necessarily to prove Manti was duped, though it seems clear that Jack believed that. My best guess is that ND went into Cover Your Azz mode, and wanted to get clarity on the situation before the NCS game. Their initial fear was probably that their best player was being conned or compromised to get a gambling edge. In that span of time, I don't think they could unearth all the relevant facts going back three years, and frankly, that's not their job. The ones who should provide that kind of thorough investigation are Manti's advisory team. They're the stakeholders in this outcome, and they're probably not really worried right now if folks are not satisfied with the story. They have bigger fish to fry with Manti as a client over the long haul, and they probably don't want to rush a story out there until it's tied up in a neat package.
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And why wiuld these reporters have access to the breadth and scope of a private investigation? A private transaction? Why would ND stipulate to obtaing private records?
Thanks, Tlud. I read the whole story carefully. In my opinion, the university's reputation is threatened by its most marketable student in a quarter century being publicly shrouded in doubt in regards to his involvement in a bizarre hoax.
I believe it would be in their best interest to provide as much possible information to prove Te'o's innocence to a justifiably skeptical audience. It seems that a thorough investigation would at least include talking to the parties directly affected.
Essentially, they found that the Kekua family did not exist and that a few people with Twitter accounts knew of this before Te'o understood he was being had. To me that does not do much to clarify the motives of such an attack, which was one of their stated goals in the passage you cited.
As is indicated in the story above, two university administrators spoke on record with the Tribune to explain the details of the investigation. My guess is this was done in the spirit of full disclosure, an effort to show that the university had nothing to hide.
I understand the fatigue with this story. It's been covered far beyond the typical scope of college sports news. However, this is one of the most odd, compelling and bizarre stories that we've seen in the sports world in the past decade.
There are still ample amounts on anecdotal evidence for viewers to support whatever opinion they want to hold on the matter. There is still a fair amount of confusion about some aspects of the story. I don't believe it will just disappear overnight.
We have continued to provide all of the news we regularly bring you here at Blue & Gold while following this story. Again, it's very understandable that Notre Dame fans are tired of hearing about it. If you don't wish to read any more about it, we have other content available, just try to avoid any stories or message board threads that are clearly labeled to indicate a connection to the Te'o story.
Got it, Dan. Thanks for taking time to explain. My issue was more with how this thread was titled. You confirmed that it reflects your personal thoughts versus what the university intended. That was my only beef. I have no issue with you demanding more from ND.
It's probably a very safe bet that the university made far more money from Te'o (and part of that came from this triumph-over-tragedy narrative) than they spent on a three-day investigation.
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