The story of Bishop Sycamore gets crazier with every chapter that comes out.
Bishop Sycamore football coach Tyren Jackson is now speaking openly about the controversial program amid widespread criticism over the team’s performance last month and the fallout from the drama.
Jackson, who recently became the football coach after former coach Roy Johnson was fired and had an active warrant, told NBC Columbus on Monday that Bishop Sycamore did not “offer a curriculum.”
“We are not a school. That’s not what Bishop Sycamore is, and I think that’s what the biggest misconception about us was, and that was our fault. Because that was a mistake on paperwork,” Jackson told the station.
He added that he had no clue about the address for the school and didn’t have answers when asked about Bishop Sycamore’s standing with the Ohio Department of Education. Bishop Sycamore was classified as a “non-charter, non-tax supported school” by the state of Ohio in the previous school year, but it was due to a mistake in paperwork. Jackson instead described Bishop Sycamore as a “post-grad football academy.”
When asked about a report that they had an official bell schedule and address, Jackson said, “I don’t know anything about that.
“I won’t speak on stuff I don’t know about. Like I said, if it was something that happened like that, then that’s terrible. That’s not how you do business.”
It also begs the question as to why Bishop Sycamore was playing other high schools the past two years.
“A lot of it, you can say, was self-inflicted, and I’m willing to say that,” Jackson said. “But at the same time, that’s probably from a head-down type of thing. Don’t attack these kids. Don’t take that part from them, now that they don’t have a season, possibly. Once the smoke clears, we’re national news. Whoever does schedule us next will be national news.”
The remaining opponents on Bishop Sycamore’s schedule dropped out of their matchups.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.