New coach admits Bishop Sycamore is ‘not a school’
from Chelena Goldman, with YardBarker.com/www.yardbarker.com
It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Bishop Sycamore was far from a legitimate educational institution.
Tyren Jackson, the newly appointed head coach of the country’s most talked-about non-NCAA amateur football team, took it upon himself to make sure the record was set straight:
No, Bishop Sycamore is not a legit school.
“We do not offer curriculum. We are not a school,” Jackson said in an exclusive interview with NBC4 in Ohio. “That’s not what Bishop Sycamore is, and I think that’s what the biggest misconception about us was, and that was our fault. Because that was a mistake on paperwork.”
Jackson’s comments follow a tumultuous and question-filled week as news outlets and fans alike tried to figure out how Bishop Sycamore, which is recognized by the state as a “non-charter, non-tax supported school,” was able to finagle its way onto an ESPN national broadcast. Players and parents have since shared their horror stories from being involved with the program, which has led to opponents on their schedule canceling games and previous head coach Ron Johnson being fired.
Jackson, who calls the program a “post-grad football academy” and not a high school team like it was billed on ESPN, said he plans to cooperate with the ongoing investigation the state is conducting on Bishop Sycamore’s past transgressions.
“I don’t have any problem cooperating, letting them know whatever they want to know and things of that nature,” Jackson said. “That stuff should never had happened the way it happened. I’m willing to take responsibility for it and say that it was a mistake. It’s something that shouldn’t have been that way, and that’s something that I have to address stepping into this role.”