Anybody who has any basic knowledge of high school football, knows about IMG Academy.
It’s a private school that recruits the best high school football players in the country to create a super team of four to five star athletes, poised for big time colleges and inevitably the NFL.
They constantly have their games televised nationally on ESPN, and they only play other schools who also have top tier high school football programs.
However, this Sunday was a different story…
Bishop Sycamore, a high school located in Columbus, Ohio, convinced IMG to put them on their schedule, as they told the school and ESPN that they have a number of division one prospects on the team.
Without even second-guessing, IMG and ESPN took the coaching staff of Bishop Sycamore’s word and ran with it.
Well, it became obvious pretty quickly that something didn’t add up, as IMG went up 30-0 in the second quarter, and Sycamore barely had enough players to complete a full roster.
Finally, the truth slapped the ESPN announcers across the face. Midway through the second quarter, they released this statement:
“You look at IMG and this is the most talented prep team in the country. 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. 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.”