Notre Dame Star Loses Girlfriend, Grandmother Within 24 Hours

Preseason All-America linebacker Manti Te'o plans to play in No. 20 Notre Dame's Saturday headliner against No. 10 Michigan State despite a horrible, horrible week full of losses:

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Te'o lost his girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, on Wednesday after her long fight with leukemia. This came less than 24 hours after his maternal grandmother died.

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"He lost some people very close to him, and it's obviously taken a toll on him," [coach Brian] Kelly told reporters after Thursday's practice. "Our players have been there for him, and there has been great support.

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