Alleged mastermind of Te'o hoax may tell his story

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — The person cast as the mastermind of the hoax involving Notre Dame's Manti Te'o may tell his side

of the story, a family member said Sunday.

Peter Navy Tuiasosopo, uncle of Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, says the family plans to hold a meeting this week to determine when and

how his nephew would talk about the bizarre prank.

"We want to do it right," he said, also noting that the family has hired an attorney. He never directly mentioned the hoax

or his nephew being involved.

Te'o insisted he had no role in the hoax involving his "dead" girlfriend and told ESPN on Friday night that he was duped by

a person who has since apologized to him.

In an off-camera interview, Te'o identified

that person as Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, a 22-year-old acquaintance who lives

in California.

He said the young man contacted him soon after Deadpsin.com broke

the news on Wednesday. The Deadspin story indicated Ronaiah

Tuiasosopo was involved, and suggested Te'o was, too.

"We're just a family of faith. The family is holding up well," Peter Navy Tuiasosopo said. "They're holding up the way I would

expect a family to. This is a storm."

He made the comments after attending a two-hour service at the Oasis Christian Church, where his brother, who is Ronaiah's

father, is pastor.

Titus Tuiasosopo, the father, choked up as he thanked people for their prayers.

"I've been practicing how to say 'no comment' in 20 languages," the pastor told his congregation. The family has not commented

publicly since news of the hoax broke.

Ronaiah Tuiasosopo wasn't seen in attendance, and two church members said he was not there.

Earlier in the day, ABC news announced that Te'o would do his first television interview with Katie Couric. The interview

will air Thursday on Couric's daytime talk show and Te'o's parents will be with him. ABC was not releasing details of when

the interview would take place or where.

Also, in a story published in Sunday's South Bend Tribune, a Notre Dame spokesman said the university decided against disclosing

the hoax before the Irish played Alabama in the BCS championship game on Jan. 7 because it wasn't in the best interest of

the teams.

University spokesman Dennis Brown said some school administrators thought they should release what they knew about the hoax

when they became aware of it. Te'o went to coaches and school officials with his story on Dec. 26. The school commissioned

an investigation that it says confirmed Te'o was not involved. Investigators gave their findings to the school on Jan. 4.

The university officials said the

investigators did not examine cellphone records, emails 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.

The school informed Te'o's parents about the investigation results on Jan. 5.