ESPN’s announcers thought they were calling a game between two elite high school football teams when Bishop Sycamore took the field in Canton, Ohio, on Sunday to face IMG Academy (Florida).
It didn’t take long to realize that one of those teams wasn’t who they claimed to be.
Bishop Sycamore, which claims to be based in Columbus, though there’s no address listed on the website, and the “About Us” and “Staff” pages on the site are blank…was overmatched from the beginning as it took on the No. 2 team in the country, according to MaxPreps.
Because it was broadcast on ESPN’s main stream, the game suddenly gained national attention. Doubts were raised on social media about how Bishop Sycamore was booked for the game when it was clearly unfit to play against a team of IMG’s level of talent.