Just a hint of the word Stanford, and this story was ours.
But those two references slipped through the cracks, so we missed. Manti Te’o mentioned that Kekua graduated from Stanford.
Not only that, but Te’o stumbled on her graduation year and her major.
Te’o gave Thamel two excuses to call Stanford and clarify facts on Kekua, and he missed the story.
For a cover story in one of the nation’s leading magazines, Sports Illustrated was content to just remove the Stanford reference?