One of the hot topics surrounding yesterday’s news about Manti Te’o coming to Notre Dame was how his mission would impact his football career. Charlie Weis address the matter on Wednesday.
So back a long time ago, we talked about the possibility of his choosing to go on a mission which would either be a year or two years, okay, following his freshman year.
So his intent is to come in here and play, try to help us win as many games as we can this year, and then he will make a decision after that time to decide whether or not he wants to go on a mission or not, but this will it will be with our blessing if that what he decided to do.
So if he played his freshman year, and went on a mission for two years, would he come back in year four as a sophomore. We would respect his wishes, if that’s what he decided to do.
From the sounds of that, it doesn’t sound as though his mission is 100% set in stone and that Manti will be making the decision on his mission at the end of his freshman year at Notre Dame. From what Weis said, his mission wouldn’t necessarily be two years as everyone assumed it would be and could be as little as a year should he choose to go on the mission.
UPDATE: According to LDSDomer in the comments below, there is not an option for a one year mission.
Notre Dame and Weis were well aware of all of this for a while and from the sounds of it, Weis made sure that Te’o was very comfortable at Notre Dame with regards to his faith during his visit.
We knew that long before he came here and one of the things we did with him when he came here was made sure he met with the local Bishop of the LDS Church, there’s professors here on campus that are Mormons and that’s actually a rather significant group of students that are Mormon, as well. He got a chance to visit with all of those people while he was here.
I’m sure that type of effort definitely went a long way in making Te’o feel comfortable with Notre Dame and played a role in his decision to sign with the Irish yesterday.