SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o will be interviewed by Katie Couric, the first on-camera interview given by the All-American since news broke about the dead girlfriend hoax.
Te’o and his parents will appear on Couric’s syndicated daytime talk show Thursday. ABC News announced the interview Sunday, but gave no details as to when it will take place and where.
Te’o gave an off-camera interview with ESPN on Friday night. He insists he was the victim of the hoax, not a participant. The Heisman Trophy runner-up said he had an online romance with a woman he never met and in September was informed that the woman died from leukemia.
Te’o told ESPN that the person suspected of being the mastermind of the hoax apologized to him.
Couric, now a special correspondent for ABC News, formerly worked as the anchor for the CBS Evening News and was a co-host of NBC’s Today.
The strange tale of Te’o apparently being duped by an elaborate hoax, pulled off by a California man, has put the Heisman Trophy finalist in national headlines.
The man he said apologized to him for pulling the scam, 22-year-old Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, has not spoken publicly. He and his family have decline the AP’s numerous requests for interviews.
OREGON: Hired Mark Helfrich as its football coach Sunday, promoting him from offensive coordinator to be Chip Kelly’s successor.
Helfrich’s promotion does not come as a surprise. Before Kelly left for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday, the Ducks’ quarterbacks guru was considered the front-runner for the position.
“Coaching at Oregon is the pinnacle for me,” Helfrich said. He signed a five-year deal with the Ducks worth a reported $9 million.
Oregon, ranked No. 2 in the final AP Top 25, went 12-1 this season capped by a victory over Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl.
AUBURN: Coach Gus Malzahn says former starting quarterback Clint Moseley has left the team.
Malzahn said Moseley is focusing on finishing his degree.
Moseley started nine games the past two seasons but freshman Jonathan Wallace claimed the No. 1 spot late this season.