Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick Addresses Manti Te'o Girlfriend Hoax in Presser

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Notre Dame AD Jack Swarbrick Addresses Manti Te'o Girlfriend Hoax in Presser

In the wake of Deadspin's report on Manti Te'o's "fake" girlfriend and that her death never really took place at all, the University of Notre Dame has responded with a press conference on Wednesday evening.

From MTV references to tears, this one had it all—much like the current reports on the elaborate schemes behind the Te'o girlfriend hoax.

Athletic director Jack Swarbrick held court and took questions from a media panel while explaining both the university's role in this case and how Te'o was a victim of this hoax—not a participant.

The university has pledged its full support of Te'o during this crisis, and Swarbrick went on to divulge more details about when the university discovered these claims of a hoax—including a phone call to Te'o himself (courtesy ESPN's Joe Schad):

ESPN's Brett McMurphy tweeted this after Swarbrick pledged the full support of the Irish behind Te'o as he comes to grips with his alleged involvement in this case:

Chicago Sun-Times reporter Mark Lazerus supplied a quote that shed some light on these claims:

Swarbrick also addressed the NCAA's role in this situation. It was clear that the athletic director is focused on minimizing collateral damage, and he was clear about his focus on NCAA rule violations during this scheme. As of now, the answer is no:

Others supplied comments as well.

CBS' Bruce Feldman noted how emotional Swarbrick became:

Chicago Tribune reporter Brian Hamilton mentioned that Notre Dame doesn't believe that Te'o is the only victim:

Lazerus made note of Swarbrick's pop-culture reference along those lines:

Lazerus reinforced the idea that Swarbrick still stands behind Te'o:

Lazerus added to that with another of Swarbrick's sad statements:

ESPN.com's Matt Fortuna summed things up well with this tidbit from the presser:

Notre Dame is not backing down from its original statement on the issue, and will apparently continue to pursue the truth in this case until a perpetrator is discovered and punished for trying to tarnish Te'o's name.

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