Dame-Stanford game in 2009 in Palo Alto, Calif. Since-deleted Tweets cited in the Deadspin story suggest there is some connection between Tuiasosopo and Te'o. Here's what we'd like to know: Who perpetuated stories that Te'o met Kekua in person? He thought she had died in September, and Swarbrick said he was unnerved to learn she had not. Photos: manti TE'O'S career highlights, replay 1 of 25 2 of 25 3 of 25 4 of 25 5 of 25 6 of 25 7 of 25 8 of. Kekua was involved in a car accident around the time the couple started dating and was diagnosed with leukemia following that. Close, notre Dame's Director of Athletics Jack Swarbrick is standing by star lineback Manti Te'o after it was reported that his allegedly deceased girlfriend was nothing more then a hoax.