Bishop Sycamore football team accused of writing bad checks to Ohio hotel, per report

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As high school football season begins across the country, play among elite high school programs has begun with a focus on the bizarre circumstances of Bishop Sycamore, a mysterious program whose major red flags concerning its legitimacy came to light following a 58-0 blowout loss to IMG Academy of Florida in a nationally televised game on Sunday. And to add to those red flags, the checks the team has allegedly filed are now bouncing.

According to a report by Lori Steineck of The (Canton, Ohio) Repository, a Canton, Ohio hotel has accused Bishop Sycamore of writing two bad checks worth $3,596. The team stayed at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Canton South last Friday and Saturday, renting 25 rooms while also incurring cleaning fees of $250 apiece for three rooms.

While no one has been charged, authorities have listed two suspects, with their investigation concerning the practice of "passing bad checks" or forgery. The alleged checks were written on an account listed to Education Resources Group of New York.

The circumstances of Bishop Sycamore offer a look into the underbelly of the football recruiting industry, as suspicions have been raised that the program is not all that it seems. While Bishop Sycamore had earned a place on ESPN through claims that its football program boasted Division I-level talent, it was revealed on their game's broadcast by commentator Anish Shroff that the network could not verify the school's claims. While presenting themselves as an online charter school based in Columbus, Ohio, the school's bare-bones website -- which has since been taken down -- did not list an address or staff.

While school founder Andre Peterson -- a former player for Youngstown State -- has denied allegations that the program is a scam, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has ordered the state's Department of Education to conduct an investigation into Bishop Sycamore.

"While this weekend's football game brought concerns about the health and safety of players, it also raised red flags about the school's operations," read a Twitter thread by DeWine's staff. "Schools like Bishop Sycamore have an obligation under Ohio law to meet certain minimum standards. Whether Bishop Sycamore meets these standards is not clear."

The ongoing situation with Bishop Sycamore highlights the issue of recruiting scams in high school sports and college athletics. Tips to avoid such scams are offered by the Better Business Bureau and other resources.

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Bishop Sycamore football team accused of writing bad checks to Ohio hotel, per report

NBC News 02 September, 2021 - 02:11am

As high school football season begins across the country, play among elite high school programs has begun with a focus on the bizarre circumstances of Bishop Sycamore, a mysterious program whose major red flags concerning its legitimacy came to light following a 58-0 blowout loss to IMG Academy of Florida in a nationally televised game on Sunday. And to add to those red flags, the checks the team has allegedly filed are now bouncing.

According to a report by Lori Steineck of The (Canton, Ohio) Repository, a Canton, Ohio hotel has accused Bishop Sycamore of writing two bad checks worth $3,596. The team stayed at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Canton South last Friday and Saturday, renting 25 rooms while also incurring cleaning fees of $250 apiece for three rooms.

While no one has been charged, authorities have listed two suspects, with their investigation concerning the practice of "passing bad checks" or forgery. The alleged checks were written on an account listed to Education Resources Group of New York.

The circumstances of Bishop Sycamore offer a look into the underbelly of the football recruiting industry, as suspicions have been raised that the program is not all that it seems. While Bishop Sycamore had earned a place on ESPN through claims that its football program boasted Division I-level talent, it was revealed on their game's broadcast by commentator Anish Shroff that the network could not verify the school's claims. While presenting themselves as an online charter school based in Columbus, Ohio, the school's bare-bones website -- which has since been taken down -- did not list an address or staff.

While school founder Andre Peterson -- a former player for Youngstown State -- has denied allegations that the program is a scam, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has ordered the state's Department of Education to conduct an investigation into Bishop Sycamore.

"While this weekend's football game brought concerns about the health and safety of players, it also raised red flags about the school's operations," read a Twitter thread by DeWine's staff. "Schools like Bishop Sycamore have an obligation under Ohio law to meet certain minimum standards. Whether Bishop Sycamore meets these standards is not clear."

The ongoing situation with Bishop Sycamore highlights the issue of recruiting scams in high school sports and college athletics. Tips to avoid such scams are offered by the Better Business Bureau and other resources.

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Bishop Sycamore football team accused of writing bad checks to Ohio hotel, per report

NBC4 WCMH-TV 02 September, 2021 - 02:11am

As high school football season begins across the country, play among elite high school programs has begun with a focus on the bizarre circumstances of Bishop Sycamore, a mysterious program whose major red flags concerning its legitimacy came to light following a 58-0 blowout loss to IMG Academy of Florida in a nationally televised game on Sunday. And to add to those red flags, the checks the team has allegedly filed are now bouncing.

According to a report by Lori Steineck of The (Canton, Ohio) Repository, a Canton, Ohio hotel has accused Bishop Sycamore of writing two bad checks worth $3,596. The team stayed at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Canton South last Friday and Saturday, renting 25 rooms while also incurring cleaning fees of $250 apiece for three rooms.

While no one has been charged, authorities have listed two suspects, with their investigation concerning the practice of "passing bad checks" or forgery. The alleged checks were written on an account listed to Education Resources Group of New York.

The circumstances of Bishop Sycamore offer a look into the underbelly of the football recruiting industry, as suspicions have been raised that the program is not all that it seems. While Bishop Sycamore had earned a place on ESPN through claims that its football program boasted Division I-level talent, it was revealed on their game's broadcast by commentator Anish Shroff that the network could not verify the school's claims. While presenting themselves as an online charter school based in Columbus, Ohio, the school's bare-bones website -- which has since been taken down -- did not list an address or staff.

While school founder Andre Peterson -- a former player for Youngstown State -- has denied allegations that the program is a scam, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has ordered the state's Department of Education to conduct an investigation into Bishop Sycamore.

"While this weekend's football game brought concerns about the health and safety of players, it also raised red flags about the school's operations," read a Twitter thread by DeWine's staff. "Schools like Bishop Sycamore have an obligation under Ohio law to meet certain minimum standards. Whether Bishop Sycamore meets these standards is not clear."

The ongoing situation with Bishop Sycamore highlights the issue of recruiting scams in high school sports and college athletics. Tips to avoid such scams are offered by the Better Business Bureau and other resources.

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Canton police investigating Columbus Bishop Sycamore

WKRC TV Cincinnati 01 September, 2021 - 06:01pm

Bishop Sycamore, who claims to be a school out of Columbus, showed up in Canton to play a nationally televised high school football game against Florida powerhouse I.M.G. Academy.

But the marketing company that put the match up together for ESPN has said that Bishop Sycamore misrepresented themselves and their roster of players and that they did not do a good enough job of vetting the school and the roster before letting the game proceed.

The game was a complete mismatch and now Bishop Sycamore is under intense scrutiny by the state of Ohio as to their actual standing as a school and by other football programs they have scheduled to play.

The police report filed by the Fairfield Inn claims that someone associated with Bishop Sycamore paid for hotel rooms with a check for just over $3,500 that subsequently bounced.

St Edward High School on Tuesday said they have dropped Bishop Sycamore from their football schedule and are currently working to secure a game for a now open date on September 24th.

After legitimacy allegations, Bishop Sycamore team accused of stiffing Canton hotel

Canton Repository 01 September, 2021 - 11:53am

Canton Police Lt. Dennis Garren confirmed Wednesday that hotel management reported the team stayed at the Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Canton South, 4025 Greentree Ave. SW, on Friday and Saturday, renting 25 rooms.

According to police reports, the hotel reported two invalid checks totaling $3,596. Garren said they were written on an account listed to Education Resources Group of New York, New York.

In the wake of the team's stay, the hotel also assessed room cleaning fees at $250 apiece for three rooms.

No one has been charged, but Garren said detectives are investigating and they listed two suspects. Police reports indicate the investigation involves "passing bad checks" or forgery.

The police reports list no phone numbers for Bishop Sycamore and the private school's website has been taken down.

According to USA TODAY reports, the team played two games in three days over the weekend. Footage from both games confirmed players participating on both Friday and Sunday.

Bishop Sycamore drew ire from ESPN announcers for misleading them. The company that coordinated the game, Paragon, also accused Bishop Sycamore of deliberate misdirection.

“While this weekend’s football game brought concerns about the health and safety of players, it also raised red flags about the school’s operations," he said in a statement. 

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