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Michigan is Getting Roasted Because of a Recruit's Viral BBQ Photo

Michigan's football program is getting cooked online after a recruit's photo from a barbecue went viral for obvious reasons.

Three-star prospect Elijah Dotson may not have known it then, but his picture of his plate at the University of Michigan's recent barbecue called the "BBQ at The Big House" for recruits has since gone viral, accumulating over 5 million views.

Below is the picture that's causing all of the commotion.

On what looks like nice white china plates, we see a few items:

  • Macaroni and cheese 
  • Chocolate chip cookie
  • Hot dog on an untoasted bun
  • A few chicken tenders

While that's certainly true, here's what you should be seeing:

  • OK, decent-looking macaroni and cheese, but out of what box?
  • Is that a Chips Ahoy cookie?
  • Why does that hot dog look fake? Why isn't the bun toasted?
  • How did they manage to get middle school lunch chicken fingers?

This is causing such a firestorm on Twitter (or X — whatever) because this food looks straight out of Costco. Meanwhile, the most recent figure reported for the University of Michigan endowment is $17.3 billion.

What is an endowment? We'll give you an official definition, according to the American Council on Education, "An endowment is an aggregation of assets invested by a college or university to support its educational and research mission in perpetuity. It represents a compact between a donor and an institution and links past, current, and future generations."

So, as you can see, it involves money. So why is this the spread being offered? This would be great for small children. But for prospective players? Eh, not so sure. 

What does the Twitter/X reply section look like on this?

With this being the final recruiting weekend and the barbecue being part of that, you'd hope to see Michigan do a bit better.

Oh well there's always next year.

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