Notre Dame Father Paul Doyle, who was the rector of Manti Te'o's dorm, told Sports Illustrated reporter Pete Thamel in September, after the death of Te'o's girlfriend who has now been proven to have never existed, that Doyle may have "met the girlfriend" a year before.
I think I had met the girlfriend. I think she had been here visiting the year before. He might have even asked me to pray for a health condition that she had. That sounds vaguely familiar, but I know she was a beautiful person. I had no idea it was life threatening. And then she's gone.
After a Deadspin report revealed that Te'o's girlfriend never existed and was a hoax, Notre Dame officials and Te'o have claimed Te'o was the victim of an "elaborate" and "cruel" hoax.