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College notebook: Kelly unsure how hoax affected Te'o's play

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Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, right, pats coach Brian Kelly on the back after Te'o left the game during the second half of an NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind., Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. Notre Dame defeated Wake Forest 38-0. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
By The Associated Press
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, 9:06 p.m.
 

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o didn't show any signs of being affected by the girlfriend hoax leading up to the BCS title game, but his play indicates it may have taken a toll, coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday.

“Hindsight is 20-20. I didn't think going into the game he was affected by it. But he didn't play his best. Alabama had something to do with that, clearly. But I really don't know,” Kelly said.

“It's a lot to weigh on the shoulders of somebody. I think we can make the leap that maybe it did. But I think Manti would know for sure.”

Kelly spoke to reporters by conference call for the first time since the Irish were beaten, 42-14, by Alabama in the BCS title game on Jan. 7.

Te'o said in an interview with ESPN after news of the hoax broke that it did not affect his performance in the title game blowout.

Despite all that's happened, Kelly said he will still remember Te'o as one of the best teammates and leaders he's been around in 22 years of coaching.

Report: Judge rules NCAA athletes can pursue TV revenue

A federal judge dismissed a motion by the NCAA to prevent football and men's basketball players from legally pursuing a cut of live television revenues, according to an ESPN report.

Judge Claudia Wilken rejected the NCAA's motion that players in the anti-trust suit led by former UCLA star Ed O'Bannon should be precluded from continuing with their lawsuit.

“Now the (NCAA and its co-defendants) are facing potential liability in the billions of dollars instead of tens or hundreds of millions,” said Michael Hausfeld, interim lead counsel for the plaintiffs. “It's a more accurate context for what the players deserve.”

Big Ten could reshuffle by ‘14

The Big Ten might put more emphasis on geography when shuffling divisions after eastern schools Maryland and Rutgers join the Midwest-centric league by 2014.

Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner said officials within the league have had several discussions over the phone about potential divisional alignments.

“I have a feeling it will be more geography-based,” Joyner said. “There seems to be a lot of sentiment for that.”

Big 12 working on bowl lineup

The Big 12 is working to determine its preferred bowl lineup with the expectation that the Cotton Bowl will become part of college football's new playoff system.

Big 12 athletic directors wrapped up a two-day meeting with a 2½-hour discussion about their bowl alignment. Under current arrangements through the 2013 season, the Cotton Bowl gets the top pick of league teams not in the BCS.

Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said it's also a priority for the league to get a spot in a Florida bowl game.

Mizzou gets stadium gift

Missouri received an $8.3 million gift from Don and Audrey Walsworth of Marceline, Mo., to be used to improve and expand Memorial Stadium and also build a new clubhouse for the men's and women's golf teams at a private course in Columbia.

The school plans to add 6,000 seats to its football stadium, which now holds 71,004 fans. Eight SEC stadiums hold more than 80,000, with Bryant-Denny Stadium at Alabama and Tennessee's Neyland Stadium topping 100,000.

Around the nation

Virginia offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is joining Chip Kelly's Eagles staff as quarterbacks coach. ... Stanford promoted Mike Bloomgren to offensive coordinator.

 

 
 


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