The Bishop Sycamore saga just got weirder.
SMAC Entertainment, a talent management firm and production company co-founded by Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Strahan, announced Wednesday that it will produce a documentary about the Bishop Sycamore High School football team. The SMAC Entertainment release also said that the company has secured exclusive rights and access to former Bishop Sycamore coach Roy Johnson for all television and film projects.
This is the latest development on Bishop Sycamore, the high school football program that came under scrutiny after a 58-0 loss to IMG Academy last month.
On Aug. 31, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered a state investigation into the program amid “reports and questions” about its operations. Bishop Sycamore’s mailing address is listed as a post office box in Ohio, according to The Columbus Dispatch, and its physical address matches the location of Resolute Athletic Complex, an indoor sports facility.
An unnamed official told The Columbus Dispatch that a team of about 30 players worked out in the facility’s weight room and on its fields once a month. A recruiting address for the program is listed as the library at Franklin University in Columbus, which said it never signed a contract with Bishop Sycamore.
During Bishop Sycamore’s game against IMG Academy, ESPN broadcasters Anish Shroff and Tom Luginbill questioned the team’s claim that it had numerous top recruits. ESPN also said after the game that Bishop Sycamore had falsified its roster, which reportedly included many 19- and 20-year-olds.
In an interview with Jamie Ostroff of NBC4 on Monday, Bishop Sycamore’s new coach, Tyren Jackson, said the program is a “post-grad football academy.”
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