Over the weekend, ESPN became a major topic of discussion after they broadcasted a high school football game on Sunday between IMG Academy and the unknown Bishop Sycamore out of Ohio. They expected a competitive game, but what they got was a 58-0 blowout.
During the second quarter, with IMG already holding a 30-0 lead, ESPN announcers Anish Shroff and Tom Luginbill launched into a tirade against their own network on how this game was put on National TV.
“You look at IMG and this is the most talented prep team in the country,” Shroff said. “Bishop Sycamore told us they had a number of Division I prospects on their roster, and to be frank, a lot of that, we could not verify. They did not show up in our database, they did not show up in the databases of other recruiting services. So, OK, that’s what you’re telling us, fine, that’s how we take it in. From what we’ve seen so far, this is not a fair fight, and there’s got to be a point where you’re worried about health and safety.
“I already am worried about it,” Luginbill said. “I think this could potentially be dangerous given the circumstances and the mismatch that we have here. And quite honestly, Bishop Sycamore doesn’t have not only the front-line players, but they don’t have the depth in case something were to happen to their roster with a kid or two here throughout the remaining two quarters of this football game.”
Bishop Sycamore apparently told ESPN they had a number of top prospects on their team, and the network then took them at their word and put them on TV against the best team in the country.
That was far from all as new info came out about a player on the Bishop squad who is just a liar about everything from offers to having a fake ID.
“They played a defender on Sunday that’s originally a 2020 from Florida. Kid has reported over two dozen fake offers. Showed up once to a 7v7 tryout and used a fake ID. His HUDL is also fake. Amazing,” Andrew Ivins of 247Sports tweeted.
None of Ohio’s top 50 prospects in either the class of 2022 or 2023 go to Bishop Sycamore, per Rivals. The school has yet to win a game and only scored more than eight points once in eight tries.
To make matetrs worse, Bishop QB Josh Jenkins posted a video of his team playing on Friday, which means they were playing in this game with just two days rest.
Per an article in The Independent, — Bishop Sycamore is not even a fully-functional high school – it’s an online-only charter school not affiliated with the Ohio High School Athletic Association.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.