Swarbrick wants Te'o to speak "sooner rather than later" - Fox 28: South Bend, Elkhart IN News, Weather, Sports

Swarbrick wants Te'o to speak "sooner rather than later"

Posted:

Notre Dame Vice President and Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick says the University has encouraged Manti Te'o to tell his side of the girlfriend hoax story.

"We think it's important and would like to see it happen sooner rather than later," said Swarbrick.

Swarbrick's comments came during a weekly podcast recorded midday Thursday.  Before the Wednesday release of the story by Deadspin.com, Swarbrick had expected Te'o would tell his story to the media.

"We did have an expectation, based on our conversation, that it would be next Monday (Jan. 21)," said Swarbrick.

Swarbrick got a little choked up during Wednesday's press conference, held just hours after the release of the Deadspin story, while talking about how this has impacted Te'o.

 "My affection for him is real, as it is for so many of our student athletes, but I'm just so overwhelmed by the cruelty of this," Swarbrick said on the podcast.

Despite the many rumors circulating about the story, Swarbrick stands by Te'o.

"We believe, based on our investigation and based on 4 years of experience, that Manti is the victim in this hoax and I will continue to believe that until I am presented with compelling evidence to the contrary," said Swarbrick.

FOX28's Melanie Yuill is talking to residents about what they want to hear from Te'o.  Tune in tonight to FOX28 News at 10 to get reaction and the latest in this developing story.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Does the ice bucket challenge actually raise money?

    Does the ice bucket challenge actually raise money?

    You're probably seeing many of your Facebook friends taking the ice bucket challenge lately. It's a viral trend in which people dump ice on each other to raise money for ALS research. But is it actually raising money or is it just a fun social media game?Andrew Lemacks and Ross Bauman of Form and Fitness Personal Training in Mishawaka are working on the challenge this week...with a twist. "For every like on the video we posted today, I'm going to donate a dollar and do a burpee,"More >>
    You're probably seeing many of your Facebook friends taking the ice bucket challenge lately. It's a viral trend in which people dump ice on each other to raise money for ALS research. But is it actually raising money or is it just a fun social media game?Andrew Lemacks and Ross Bauman of Form and Fitness Personal Training in Mishawaka are working on the challenge this week...with a twist. "For every like on the video we posted today, I'm going to donate a dollar and do a burpee,"
    More >>
  • Officials release cause of tragic New Carlisle fire

    Officials release cause of tragic New Carlisle fire

    Officials say there's too much damage at the site of this month's fatal business fire in New Carlisle to determine the cause. Indiana Department of Homeland Security investigators announced Thursday that they were unable to establish a "definitive cause" of the fire at K-Fex, due to the amount of damage to the structure.More >>
    Officials say there's too much damage at the site of this month's fatal business fire in New Carlisle to determine the cause. Indiana Department of Homeland Security investigators announced Thursday that they were unable to establish a "definitive cause" of the fire at K-Fex, due to the amount of damage to the structure.
    More >>
  • La Porte football remembers Jake West

    La Porte football remembers Jake West

    Jake West died from sudden cardiac arrest during football practice on Sept. 25, 2013Jake West died from sudden cardiac arrest during football practice on Sept. 25, 2013
    On September 25, 2013, La Porte high school junior Jake West died at the age of 17. He was born with a heart condition. So rare -- only 1 in 10,000 people have it. It's virtually undetectable without an exam.More >>
    On September 25, 2013, La Porte high school junior Jake West died at the age of 17. He was born with a heart condition. So rare -- only 1 in 10,000 people have it. It's virtually undetectable without an exam.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

Fox 28

WSJV-TV FOX 28
58096 County Road 7, South
Elkhart, IN 46517

Switchboard: 574.679.9758
News Phone: 574.679.4545
Station Fax: 574.294.1267
Email: fox28news@fox28.com

All content ©Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSJV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Heather Stewart at (574) 343-5310. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at fccinfo@fcc.gov.