The résumé was included in documents released last month by the Federal Trade Commission, and Whitaker made the same claim when he applied for an Iowa judgeship in 2010, Newsweek reported. A Justice Department release in 2009 had the same information when Whitaker left his post as U.S. attorney in Iowa, according to the Journal.
According to Barb Kowal, a spokeswoman for CoSIDA, her organization has no record of Whitaker being an Academic All-American, the newspaper reported. However, Kowal said it appeared that Whitaker was given an All-District honor, which is awarded to players in eight regions nationwide. Athletes selected for All-District are put on a national ballot, she told the Journal. Then, athletes are selected for Academic All-American status.
Kerri Kupac, a Justice Department spokeswoman, told the Journal that Whitaker made the mistake in his résumé because he relied on information provided in a 1993 University of Iowa football media guide, which stated he was a “GTE District VII academic All-American.”
Kowal, in an email to the newspaper, said, “Being named an Academic All-District is PART of the CoSIDA Academic All-America program, but does not make you an Academic All-America honoree. You must be placed on the national ballot and then voted onto the Academic All-America team to gain that honor.”