Earlier in the week, Notre Dame released a statement at the height of the Manti Te'o story broke and claimed they "immediately initiated an investigation to assist Manti and his family in discovering the motive for and the nature of this hoax." Well, according to the South Bend Tribune, their "investigation" wasn't really one at all.

The investigation ordered by Notre Dame was limited to the electronic search, Brown said. Investigators did not interview Te’o or his family, nor did anyone attempt to contact Ronaiah Tuiasosopo or any of his relatives.

In response to questions, university officials said the investigators did not examine cell phone records, e-mails or other electronic communication to determine the length or extent of Te’o’s communication over the past few years with the person claiming to be Lennay Kekua, nor did the university ask Te’o to take a lie detector test.

Notre Dame has stated that they used “sophisticated databases” to confirm Kekua wasn't real. In addition, the school says they opted to not to go public before the national championship game because they wanted to prevent a media circus. Oh, good thinking. Because what they're dealing with right now is far from the circus they had envisioned, right?

Sidebar: Can we have access to these "sophisticated databases"?     

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[via The Big Lead]