Michigan Called Out For Using “Alternative Facts” In Recruiting Graphic

first_imgjim harbaugh on the sideline at the ohio state gameCOLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 24: Head Coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks up at the scoreboard in the third quarter after the Ohio State Buckeyes scored at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 62-39. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Having sent several tight ends to the NFL over the last few years, the Michigan Wolverines are attempting to use their recent success at the position as a recruiting tool. Unfortunately, their use of “alternate facts” in one particular recruiting poster is getting the team raked over the coals.A new graphic released by Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis refers to the team as “Tight End U,” and points out how often Michigan tight ends get the ball compared to other top programs like Oklahoma, Alabama, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Clemson, and LSU.However, Iowa assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Kelvin Bell was quick to point out that Wolverines were seriously misconstruing the facts with their graphic.While the 167 catches and 2,157 receiving yards were higher than any of the teams listed, the numbers aren’t even the highest among tight ends in Michigan’s own conference – let alone the rest of college football.Michigan football uses alternative facts in a recruiting graphic. Iowa football answers off the top rope.??? pic.twitter.com/d4WindAO0i— Eleven Warriors (@11W) February 4, 2019The moniker “Tight End U” is most frequently attributed to the Iowa Hawkeyes. As Bell pointed out, Iowa’s tight ends had 178 catches for 2,559 yards and 32 touchdowns in that span.One clever fan decided to “fix” the graphic for Michigan’s coach:@CoachK_Bell @gkittle46 It’s ok, I fixed it for them! #Hawkeyes #TEU pic.twitter.com/2ZVk25FK4a— TOE CMOHAWK (@CMO_HAWKEYE) February 4, 2019Another factor that does give Iowa the edge in the “Tight End U” conversation is how well their tight ends perform upon reaching the NFL.While the Hawkeyes have had fewer tight ends drafted by NFL teams than Michigan, Iowa’s have arguably had better success.No Michigan tight end that has been drafted has ever made the Pro Bowl, while three Iowa tight ends have.The most recent Iowa tight end to make the Pro Bowl was George Kittle, who represented the 49ers in the game this past year.last_img

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