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Irish Insights


Te'o's wild ride

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o on Wednesday met with the media for the first time since after the Irish's 31-17 loss to USC on Oct. 22.

The junior admitted that it had been wild 10 days that included the heartbreaking loss, controversy about comments by coach Brian Kelly and a big 56-14 win over Navy last weekend.

"It's been a roller coaster," Te'o said. "I just have to settle down and just get back to work and forget about USC. We have a 24-hour rule and after that 24 hours after the game, it was all about Navy."

Te'o was one of the players recruited to Notre Dame before Kelly arrived at the end of 2009 who seemed to take offense at the coach's distinction between players he inherited and those he recruited.

Te'o posted on his Twitter account, "Playin for my bros and that's it!!!" after Kelly's comment. The coach reportedly apologized to the team the Friday before the win over Navy.

"I'm going to be honest, I was hurt," Te'o said of Kelly's comments last week. "But like everybody said, this is a family, and we deal with it as a family and we dealt with it on Friday. Everything was fine and everything is back to normal.

"We walked back in on Saturday ready to play against Navy. I think we demonstrated that no matter what happens, nothing can break apart a family."

For more on what Te'o said Wednesday, read Thursday's print edition of The Journal Gazette or visit after 3 a.m. Thursday.