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Report: Former Iowa TE Matthew Whitaker Lied About Being Academic All-American

Close-up view of Iowa footballs.

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 24: General view of footballs used by the Iowa Hawkeyes before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on November 24, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, a former Iowa Hawkeyes tight end, has gotten himself into some hot water for embellishing on his time in college.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Whitaker falsely claimed on his résumé that he was an Academic All-American while he was at Iowa. He reportedly referred to himself as "an academic All-American football player” on an application for a federal judge role he sent in 2009.

Mr. Whitaker made the same claim in a 2010 application for an Iowa judgeship. A Justice Department press release, issued in 2009 when Mr. Whitaker left his post as U.S. Attorney in Iowa, said he had been “an academic All-American football player.”

The report revealed that Whitaker actually received a lower-level honor - an All-District regional academic award known as the GTE District VII academic All-American.

But despite the term "academic All-American" appearing in the title, it is not the same award given out nationally. Whitaker's name never appeared on the ballot for the national award of the similar name.

Whitaker played at tight end three years for the Hawkeyes from 1990 to 1992.

In his three seasons at Iowa, Whitaker had 21 receptions for 203 yards and two touchdowns.