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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) A story that Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o's girlfriend had died of leukemia a loss he said inspired him to help lead the Irish to the BCS championship game was dismissed by the university Wednesday as a hoax perpetrated against the linebacker.
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said his faith has not been shaken in Te'o "one iota.''
Swarbrick said an investigation by a firm the school hired has convinced him that Te'o was duped into an online relationship with a woman whose death was then faked by the perpetrators of the hoax.