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Trestman could prove to be a great hire for Bears

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  • Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick believes that Manti Te'o was the victim of a hoax apparently perpetrated against the linebacker.

    Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick believes that Manti Te'o was the victim of a hoax apparently perpetrated against the linebacker.
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When I heard Marc Trestman was named head coach of the Chicago Bears, my first reaction was to give the guy a shot.

He had been exiled to the Canadian Football League, but after winning a couple of Grey Cups the Bears decided he's our guy.

Don't worry, I'm not going to get into discussion about whether he is the be-all or end-all, and why hasn't he been given a head coaching job in the NFL before now.

Truthfully, I asked that same question about Tom Thibodeau when the Chicago Bulls hired him and I was proved wrong because Thibodeau is one of the best coaches in the NBA. The Bulls finally gave him a chance and he even won a coach of the year award to solidify their choice.

I believe Trestman will be a good hire and a better selection than a guy like Chip Kelly. If Kelly fails in the NFL as the Philadelphia Eagles head coach, he could go back to college coaching and make millions of dollars with another program. If Trestman fails, there will be no college job in the wings.

Nah -- I'm giving Trestman the benefit of the doubt. Go Bears!

Te'o hoax:

Jack Swarbrick, the athletic director at Notre Dame, put all his eggs in the basket with Manti Te'o and the hoax that he believes was perpetrated on the young man.

I wouldn't have gone that far if I was in charge. At some point, Te'o had to have known something -- after all, he did say he met the woman a couple of times.

I think Teo was initially duped, and unfortunately made the hoax bigger because he was so embarrassed. We'll see what he says. According to the Deadspin column, at the very least he was misleading with some of his comments.

Look -- I don 't get it. He was the king of Notre Dame, he could have dated almost any woman at the school. It seems to me that Te'o might have been in too deep when he realized what was going on, so he chose to run with it.

This fictional woman, who he obviously never met or touched, became a pivotal story in his life -- especially when there was a chance to win the Heisman.

Stay tuned because there is plenty more to come.

NFL picks:

Well the NFL and AFC championship games are finally here. Last week I was 0-1 which makes my record 16-17-1 on the season.

I'm going with the Atlanta Falcons getting 4 points against the San Francisco 49ers. After last week, the 49ers and Colin Kaepernick look unbeatable, and the fact the home team is getting four points is disconcerting. My final score prediction: Atlanta 23, San Francisco 20.

In the AFL, the Baltimore Ravens will be playing a quarterback who can play in cold weather, but I believe Joe Flacco and the Ravens will pull off an upset: Baltimore 31, New England 28.

Program note:

Look for me on Mancow on WPWR Ch. 50 at 6 a.m. Friday and Monday.

• Mike North's column appears each Tuesday and Friday in the Daily Herald, and his video commentary can be found Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at For more, visit

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