Cardinal Ritter College Prep’s football team was 7-0 and riding high into a successful season. Whatever aspirations they had all ended when their season got canceled by the school’s administration when coaches on the team did something extremely sneaky that caused it to happen.
Running Back Bill Jackson got himself ejected from last year’s title game, and rules state that he was supposed to sit out week 1 of the following season. Instead of adhering to the rules, coaches on the team changed his name to Marvin Burks and had him play and run for over 109 yards.
Yeah. Bill Jackson and Marvin Burks are the same person.
Via CBS Sports:
“The RB was given the suspension after being ejected from last year’s title game, but the team found a way to disguise Jackson, or so they thought.
Instead of his normal No. 4, he wore No. 24 and went under a freshman named “Marvin Burks.” It was Jackson’s tattoos that ended up giving him away. Jackson, as well as head coach Brandon Gregory, both went along with the lie that the junior didn’t play, despite him actually putting up 109 yards on the ground and scoring a 56-yard touchdown in the 32-21 win.
Gregory told the Post-Dispatch that the imaginary freshman Burks, “earned” the start and that “it was his time to play ball.” Jackson also put his acting skills to the test, telling the newspaper that “watching last week, it wasn’t fun at all. It gave me a spark.”
As a result of the incident in the most recent game, Cardinal Ritter school president Tamiko Armstead decided to void the entire season. The school also announced that every person on the coaching staff has been “permanently released.”
“That’s kinda my wrongdoing of not knowing the rules and that he shouldn’t have not sat out the jamboree, he should have sat out week one so that’s what happened” he said.
As for the coach’s defense of Jackson wearing a different jersey, Gregory said “that’s a thing our kids do on the regular basis, you know, they try to change jersey numbers and sometimes don’t let us know.”WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.