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Story of Te'o girlfriend death apparently a hoax

Updated: January 17, 2013, 12:24 AM ET
Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The wrenching story of Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o's girlfriend dying of leukemia -- a loss he said inspired him to play his best all the way to the BCS championship -- was dismissed by the school as a hoax perpetrated against the linebacker.

Notre Dame said Wednesday night it believes the Heisman Trophy finalist was duped into an online relationship with a woman whose "death" was then faked by the perpetrators of the hoax.

The school made the statement ...

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