March 28, 2024

Remember Bishop Sycamore? The high school football team no one had heard of that lost 58-0 to IMG Academy in a game that was somehow broadcast on ESPN? The game took place in Canton, Ohio, in August, and on Friday, the Ohio Department of Education released the report from its monthslong investigation of the school.

Turns out it’s not a school at all. In the 41-page report, investigators determined that Bishop Sycamore “is not a school as it purports on paper to be.” They couldn’t confirm basic facts about the school, like its actual location or the names of any of its teachers — things you typically need to be considered a school. 

The “school” did not meet the state’s minimum requirements to be considered an educational institution, which led the investigators to one inevitable conclusion.

“The facts suggest that Bishop Sycamore High School was, and is, in fact, a scam.”

Not quite a bombshell revelation

The announcement that Bishop Sycamore was a scam comes as a surprise to exactly no one, since people sensed something fishy was going on from the very start. During the game, ESPN announcers implied that the network was duped into broadcasting the game when Bishop Sycamore told them the school had multiple top recruits. 

Here’s everything the world discovered about Bishop Sycamore in the days after the game:

  • Their website was originally devoid of any content, and was later fleshed out with information about how to get recruited. Vitally, there was no info about an actual…

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