Michigan great Tyrone Wheatley comments on son's surprise exit from UM
Michigan fans everywhere were surprised to see the legacy of an all-time Wolverines great announce he was leaving the team just before the start of fall camp.
News broke Thursday evening that Tyrone Wheatley Jr., son of son of former Michigan running back and assistant coach Tyrone Wheatley, was leaving the Wolverines after three seasons at UM.
Wheatley Sr. was on Jim Harbaugh’s staff before returning to the NFL to coach running backs for the Jacksonville Jaguars. He spoke to Angelique S. Chengelis of The Detroit News about his son’s surprising decision.
“He made the decision, and I support him. Nothing more, nothing less,” Wheatley Sr. said. “I told him, ‘You’re 21, you’re a grown man. You know what’s best for you, and I support you.'”
Wheatley Jr. was entering his redshirt junior season. A former 4-star recruit, he caught six passes for 61 yards and a touchdown in 24 games at UM.
No reason for the departure has been given. In the above-referenced interview, Wheatley Sr. said he did not know why he was his son was leaving the Wolverines.