On Wednesday, Te'o's inspiring, playing-through-heartache story was exposed as a bizarre lie in an article on Deadspin's website.
Te'o and Notre Dame faced questions from sports writers and fans about whether he really was duped, as he claimed, or whether he and the university were complicit in the hoax and misled the public, perhaps to improve his chances of winning the Heisman.
Te'o and Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said the player was drawn into a virtual romance with a woman who used the phony name Lennay Kekua, and was fooled into believing she died of leukemia in September.
They said his only contact with the woman was via the Internet and telephone.
Te'o also lost his grandmother - for real - the same day his girlfriend supposedly died, and his role in leading Notre Dame to its best season in decades endeared him to fans and put him at the center of college football's biggest feel-good story of the year.
The new internet trend follows runaway trends such as "Tebowing," "Eastwooding," and "planking."
Friday, May 17 2013 6:05 PM EDT2013-05-17 22:05:44 GMT
A metro Atlanta woman said a snake bite cost her an arm and a leg financially. Lisa Zambito killed a copperhead snake like this one in her driveway a couple of weeks ago. "The head moved as I pickedMore >
A metro Atlanta woman said a snakebite cost her an arm and a leg - financially. More >
Friday, May 17 2013 11:35 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:35:12 GMT
A Levi's Call has been issued for a missing Sandy Springs 2-year-old girl. Police said Sorelle Torrez was abducted from Roswell Road around 8 a.m. Friday morning by her father, Zebidiah Lockette.More >
A missing 2-year-old girl from Sandy Springs has been found safe in Arkansas. More >
Friday, May 17 2013 11:23 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:23:46 GMT
With no state lottery in Alabama, and a buzz about the largest Powerball Jackpot in history, people are gassing up their cars, getting out cash and heading to Georgia. CBS Atlanta News caught up withMore >
With no state lottery in Alabama, and a buzz about the largest Powerball Jackpot in history, people are gassing up their cars, getting out cash and heading to Georgia.More >
Atletico Madrid ended a 25-game, 14-year winless streak against rival Real Madrid, getting a 98th-minute goal from Miranda for a 2-1 victory in the Copa del Rey final on Friday night following the ejections of Real...More >
The Copa del Rey trophy could have been coach Jose Mourinho's parting gift for Real Madrid, or at least a consolation prize after a disappointing season filled with locker-room turmoil and failure in La Liga and the...More >
Wednesday, May 15 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-15 22:27:07 GMT
A violinist who has performed in cities across the country said he spent five days behind bars after he was arrested in a MARTA train station. Violinist Johnny Arco was arrested May 9 and charged withMore >
A violinist who has performed in cities across the country said he spent five days behind bars after he was arrested in a MARTA train station.More >
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >
Thursday, May 16 2013 7:14 PM EDT2013-05-16 23:14:55 GMT
Paris had it, Pensacola has it and Atlanta could soon get it. "It" is the massive 180-foot Ferris wheel, sitting in Pensacola right now, and it could soon call Centennial Olympic Park its new neighbor.More >
A private development company wants to relocate giant wheel in downtown Atlanta.More >