So ESPN aired a HS football game this past weekend on its main channel featuring IMG Academy, arguably the #1 team in the country this year, against an online charter school named Bishop Sycamore based in Columbus, OH. ESPN believed it had a great matchup on its hands. Why? Because Bishop Sycamore's coach told them he has a slew of D1 prospects on his roster.
Truth is, he doesn't. The "school" has only existed for two years, and its football team went 0-6 last season and was not competitive in any of those games (including a 56-6 loss to IMG). The outcome of this one was entirely predictable; IMG tore them apart 58-0. It got so bad that by the 2nd Qtr the announcers were expressing concern for the "health and safety" of the Sycamore players. And of course, Twitter had its say too.
Setting aside that this game never should have taken place to begin with, ESPN totally has egg on their face. Seeing as they have their own HS football recruiting service, they could have easily verified that this coach was full of BS before deciding to air the game. Oops.