Notre Dame coach doesn't know if hoax affected Manti Te'o's play
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o answers a question during Media Day for the BCS National Championship college football game in Miami, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. (AP / David J. Phillip)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, January 29, 2013 1:34PM EST
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly says he didn't see any sign linebacker Manti Te'o was affected by the girlfriend hoax leading up to the BCS game, but says in hindsight it may have been a factor.
Kelly says Te'o didn't play his best, adding that Alabama played a role. He says Tuesday only Te'o knows how it affected him.
Also, Kelly says his interview with the Philadelphia Eagles was mainly to get more information about coaching in the NFL and his heart remains in college football. Kelly interviewed with the Eagles on Jan. 8, a day after the Irish were beaten 42-14 by Alabama in the title game.
He says he tells recruits he's committed to Notre Dame.