Dr Phil interviews Tuiasosopo re Manti Te’o hoax

Te’o hoaxster tells Dr Phil

Dr Phil Ronaiah Tuiasosopo interview: Manti Te’o hoaxster Ronaiah Tuiasosopo told Dr Phil he maintained an Internet relationship with the Notre Dame college football star by pretending to be a woman named “Lennay Kekua” because he was “deeply, romantically” in love with Te’o. Throughout the college football season, Te’o spoke openly about his long-distance relationship with “former Stanford student Lennay Kekua,” who was supposedly injured in a car accident and recovered only to be diagnosed with and die from leukemia. It was THE story of the college football season and it helped fuel Te’o’s run at the Heisman Trophy, but it was a sham. Deadspin ran a story last month proving “Kekua” never existed, prompting…

Manti Te’o: hoaxed or hoaxster?

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Notre Dame football player Manti Te’o claims he is the victim of a cruel hoax after Deadspin ran a story proving the cancer victim Te’o spoke openly of dating when she died this season never existed. If Te’o is to be believed, this means that he communicated via phone and Twitter for nearly a year with a false Internet persona created by a male family friend. Either that, or he participated in an elaborate lie that fooled the likes of CBS, ESP, AP and the New York Times for an entire football season. The heartbreaking tale of Te’o’s long-distance relationship with “former Stanford student Lennay Kekua” had been the inspirational story of the college football…

Tommy Tuberville dines and dashes on Texas Tech

Tommy Tuberville dines and dashes on Texas Tech, Kliff Kingsbury new coach

Kliff Kingsbury is the new head football coach for the Texas Tech Red Raiders after Tommy Tuberville made another classless exit, leaving Lubbock for the University of Cincinnati. Tech fans are happy to see Tuberville go, but they can’t help but feel insulted by how he did it. Tuberville, who in 1998 said he would have to be carried out of Ole Miss in a “pine box” only to leave for Auburn a week later without saying goodbye to his players, did it again on Friday, when he left a table of recruits at a Lubbock restaurant without saying a word and never came back. The next day, the recruits and everyone else heard that…

USC Trojans football: Lane Kiffin needs to grow up

USC Trojans football: Lane Kiffin needs to grow up

USC Trojans football: controversy continues to dog coach Lane Kiffin! On Thursday, the Pac-12 fined USC $25,000 because a student manager had deflated footballs used in a game against the Oregon Ducks. Deflated footballs are easier to throw and catch, but it didn’t matter. The Trojans fell to the Ducks 62-51. The USC Trojans claim the student manager acted on his own and under orders from no one on the coaching staff. That student manager has been fired. But it’s not the type of controversy the Trojans under Lane Kiffin can afford. The Trojans have been banned for postseason play for two years due to NCAA violations. This year is Kiffin’s first crack at a…

Penn State football deserves worse than death penalty

Does Penn State football deserve the “death penalty”?

Penn State football is facing suspension or perhaps even the “death penalty” as the NCAA considers a range of sanctions in the wake of news that top university officials shielded serial child abuser and former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky from investigation for years to preserve the football program’s image. The NCAA has only punished one college football program with the so-called “death penalty,” which is a ban from competing in the sport for at least one year. Southern Methodist University received the NCAA’s harshest punishment in 1987 when it was caught paying its “student athletes” to play, after having already been punished several times for recruiting violations. The SMU Mustangs, historically a strong football program,…

Bobby Petrino fired as Ark. Razorbacks coach

Bobby Petrino fired as Arkansas Razorbacks football coach

Arkansas has fired football coach Bobby Petrino for playing away from home. Petrino, who had revived the Razorbacks football program over the past four years, was involved in a motorcycle accident with a female university employee with whom he was having an affair. Petrino wiped out on his Harley on April 1. The subsequent police report revealed that Petrino, who is 51, married and has four children, was riding with Jessica Dorrell, a former Arkansas volleyball player who is 21 and engaged. Petrino had told university officials and the media that he was driving alone and made vague reference to Dorrell as a “a lady” who helped flag down a passing motorist. In fact, Petrino…

Texas spoils SEC-bound A&M’s Big 12 finale

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Texas beat Texas A&M 27-25 on Thanksgiving in possibly the last game of Texas’ best college football rivalry. The Aggies are leaving the Big 12 for the SEC because they’re tired of playing second fiddle to the Longhorns and fed up with how Texas bullies other members of the Big 12, most notably its insistence on making more money from TV contracts than any other team. The last straw was when Texas signed a 20-year, $300 million deal with ESPN to create the Longhorn Network, a TV channel that broadcasts continuous coverage of the University of Texas. A&M bolted for the Southeastern Conference, where it will be treated more fairly but where it is also…

Joe Paterno and Penn State’s fall from grace

Joe Paterno and Penn State's fall from grace

Just a few weeks ago, Penn State’s Joe Paterno was one of American college football’s most beloved coaches. With more than 400 wins under his belt over a half-century long career, it seemed like a sure bet that JoePa would retire with an impeccable record. However, all that changed when child abuse allegations involving his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky surfaced. The scandal soon engulfed the Penn State football program and beyond. Even though Sandusky retired as assistant coach in 1999, he continued to be closely associated with Penn State and used the college facilities with his charity for at-risk youth, The Second Mile. In 2002, Mike McQueary, then a graduate assistant coach, walked in…