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The sports editor at The South Bend (Ind.) Tribune was, not suprisingly, in a meeting when we called Wednesday to ask about the Deadspin bombshell
that the widely reported stories of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o's girlfriend were an elaborate hoax.
"I can tell you we're as baffled as anybody," said the staffer answering the phone on the sports desk. In a statement published online
, Tribune Executive Editor Tim Harman said, "If this story was a cruel hoax, as the University of Notre Dame has now indicated, we indeed were taken in, as were many others, including officials of the Notre Dame football program."