August 30, 2021

Bishop Sycamore, Patron Saint of Football: Awful Announcing has the story of ESPN getting scammed into showing a high school(?) football game between a college football prep school and a completely fake school.

posted by NoMich to football at 08:18 PM - 6 comments

The Athletic: How the Washington Generals of high school football conned ESPN (subscription only, 30-day guest pass)

posted by NoMich at 07:33 AM on August 31, 2021

Before this happened I still had the impression that high schools playing on ESPN were all real schools. But there are a lot that seem more like traveling teams than actual educational institutions.

posted by rcade at 02:22 PM on August 31, 2021

I wonder how much IMG bilks parents to have their kid play on that team?

posted by NoMich at 05:04 PM on August 31, 2021

This is such an insane story and it keeps getting better/worse with each layer that is peeled off of the onion.

ESPN getting duped is just the extra *chef's kiss*.

posted by Ufez Jones at 07:58 PM on August 31, 2021

It's official, Bishop Sycamore has their first pro day video. Pending that it's legit, of course.

posted by NoMich at 09:48 PM on August 31, 2021

This Bishop Sycamore thing is wild. My friend sent me this article yesterday, also on Awful Announcing. This part particularly got my attention:

"They had an address that they reported to have school out of. I go to that address and no one is there. I ask the people there if they've ever heard of these people, and they said "No, never heard of them. There's no school here." Which led to them obviously being declared not a school for OHSAA purposes, and led to their school charter being revoked by the Ohio Department of Education."

posted by bender at 12:02 AM on September 02, 2021

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