The upcoming documentary, which chronicles the mysterious story of the Bishop Sycamore football team, is set for release in 2023. HBO announced Thursday.
“BS High” examines the true story behind a fictional high school based in Columbus, Ohio, and the scandal that captivated the sports world in late 2021. Award-winning directors Travon Free and Martin Desmond Law.
Ironically, the announcement comes on the one-year anniversary of Bishop Sycamore’s infamous 58-0 loss to ESPN’s longtime powerhouse IMG Academy. That same day, then-head coach Roy Johnson, who was under investigation for fraud and had a valid warrant resulting from a domestic violence case, was fired after the game.
The shocking coaching change and nationally televised explosion marked the end of the team’s brief time in the spotlight as the program’s legitimacy ignited shortly thereafter, kicking off one of the strangest stories of the year. I got
Shortly after Johnson’s dismissal, Bishop Sycamore founder Andre Peterson addressed the controversy surrounding the team, saying the program was not a “scam.” But Johnson’s successor, Tyren Jackson, said at about the same time that Sycamore was “a post-graduation football academy” and “not a school.”
As more information began to emerge in the weeks and months that followed, Bishop Sycamore eventually turned out to be not just a fake team, but a completely made-up school. The unexpected revelation led to many surprising discoveries along the way, including that the school had no real address and was not registered with the Ohio High School Athletic Association. It turns out that there are also 19- and 20-year-old players who are said to have
In December 2021, the Ohio Department of Education officially found that the Bishop Sycamore scandal was indeed a “fraud” after an investigation.Around Associated Press“The state found no evidence that Bishop Sycamore enrolled more than one student this year and concluded that it did not meet minimum standards, including academic provision and student safety.”
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