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Timeline of Te'o quotes in girlfriend hoax story

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Timeline of Te'o quotes in girlfriend hoax story

All-American linebacker Manti Te'o talked to, and about, someone posing as Lennay Kekua online and on the phone in late 2011 and 2012. After media were told Kekua died of leukemia last September, Te'o talked about her with reporters numerous times. This is a chronology of how the fake girlfriend story grew, based primarily on Te'o's comments in social media and interviews.

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May 13, 2012 - From Te'o's Twitter account: ``Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.'' Proverbs 31:10 (hash)LMK

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July 23 - From Te'o's Twitter account: mteo-5 Manti Te'o Be strong. Be brave. Never give up. (hash)3words (at)LennayKay

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Sept. 13 - Asked by reporters, Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says Te'o will play against Michigan State that Saturday despite the deaths that week of two people close to him. Media reports the next day identify the two as his grandmother and his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua. Public records confirm that his grandmother, Annette Santiago, died Sept. 11.

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Sept. 15 - Te'o has 12 tackles and breaks up two passes and the 20th-ranked Fighting Irish win 20-3 at No. 10 Michigan State. Te'o says afterward ``I lost two women that I truly love'' and that he had ``my girlfriend's family around me.''

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Sept. 23 - In a one-on-one interview with Sports Illustrated, Te'o talks at length about his relationship with Kekua and her many health issues, making only one vague reference to meeting her for the first time in California in 2009. ``We met just, ummmm, just she knew my cousin. And kind of saw me there so. Just kind of regular.'' He told SI they had been dating for a year. ``Oct. 15 was the official date. Of last year. I've known her for four years. So we've been friends.'' A transcript of the interview was posted Thursday.

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Oct. 1 - A Sports Illustrated cover story describes how Te'o received a call from Kekua's older brother informing him of her death. Te'o says: ``My girlfriend always told me, `Send roses while they can still smell them, tell people you love them while they can still hear.'''

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Oct. 3 - Te'o says at a media availability that during the walk-through before the Irish's Sept. 22 game against Michigan, he asked what time it was and realized Kekua's casket had been closed a minute earlier. He says she wanted him to skip her funeral to play. He had two interceptions in that 13-6 victory.

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Oct. 12 - A South Bend Tribune article, based on information from Te'o's father, describes how Te'o and Kekua met at a 2009 game at Stanford. Te'o's father, Brian, says she would visit him in Hawaii.

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Oct. 12 - From Te'o's Twitter account: Today is October the 12th! A month ago my life changed dramatically! Thank you for all your love and support! Day by day! (hash)574L

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Nov. 14 - In an Associated Press story, Te'o says that ``every morning I wake up and my girlfriend is not on the phone. It reminds me that she's gone. That's the hardest part.''

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Dec. 8 - South Bend television station WSBT shoots video of Te'o saying in a pre-Heisman interview in New York, ``I lost both my grandparents and my girlfriend to cancer.'' That's two days after the date given by Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick for when Te'o found out about the hoax.

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Dec. 9 - At the Lott Impact Awards dinner, Te'o says that Kekua ``made me promise, when it happened, that I would stay and play.''

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Jan. 5 - At the media day before the BCS title game, Te'o talks about his travails during the season, saying, ``My team was always there for me, and my family was always there for me.''

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John Wall takes another step in rehab, facing teammates in practice

John Wall takes another step in rehab, facing teammates in practice

WASHINGTON -- The steady progress continues for John Wall in his rehab from a ruptured left Achilles tendon, as the Wizards point guard is now facing teammates in 4-on-4 drills at practice.

Head coach Scott Brooks described the games as "controlled," noting they were not full-speed or with contact and featured a 10-second shot clock. But that remains a notable step in his road back after he had previously been playing mostly against player development coaches.

"He practiced for the whole practice. He looked great," Brooks said. "There is still a ways to go. But his energy, his enthusiasm, his strength [looks good]. His shot looks better."

Wall, 29, hasn't played in a game since Dec. 26 of 2018. He had surgery on his Achilles on Feb. 12, 2019. He is currently over 11 months into what is typically an 11-to-15 month recovery.

Brooks, though, makes a point to couch positive updates about Wall with patience. The team has indicated he may not play at all this season.

"I don't know if he plays this year," Brooks said. "We can be patient and we're going to be patient because we need him to be right for a lot of years. This is his career and we know how serious that injury is. He's taking it serious."

Part of the equation is the financial commitment the Wizards have made in Wall. He is due roughly $131.5 million over the next three seasons. They want to make sure he is good to go not just for this year, but that he can be effective for the remainder of his contract.

According to Brooks, even having Wall back to this level has added some positive energy to the Wizards' organization.

"I know the excitement is around because he's around and he's looking [good]," Brooks said. "When he comes back, he's going to be the John Wall we all love."

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Houston QB D'Eriq King reportedly transfers to Miami over Maryland

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Houston QB D'Eriq King reportedly transfers to Miami over Maryland

Just one week after announcing that he had entered the NCAA transfer portal, University of Houston QB D'Eriq King has reportedly chosen Miami over Maryland.

The Athletic's Hurricanes beat writer Manny Navarro reports that King has informed Canes coaches of his decision and intent to start classes Tuesday, Jan. 21. 

At the same time, Mark Berman of Fox26 reported that King has not made a final decision but did indeed like Miami.

 

King was scheduled to visit Miami Friday night and Maryland on Saturday, but Jeff Ermann of InsideMDSports reports that King may have cancelled his visit to second-year head coach Mike Locksley and company last minute after liking Miami. Berman reports that King is still "planning" on visiting College Park.

The Terps struggled to finish 3-9 with Josh Jackson and Tyrell Pigrome under center, combining for 16 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. Under first-year head coach Manny Diaz, Miami went 6-7 over 2019.

King redshirted this season after playing the maximum four games allowed under new NCAA rules in order to preserve eligibility and transfer for  his senior season. In those four games, King tallied 663 passing yards and six touchdowns. 

The sought-after QB is also just one of three in FBS history that have recorded at least 35 passing touchdowns and 13 rushing touchdowns in a single season.

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