Bishop Sycamore director Andre Peterson parts ways with coach Roy Johnson, claims school is not a “scam”


The ongoing Bishop Sycamore situation has now led to

the school parting ways with head coach Roy Johnson.

Bishop Sycamore director Andre Peterson told Chris

Bumbaca of USA Today Tuesday that they’d parted ways

with Johnson Sunday after a much-criticized nationally-

televised 58-0 loss to IMG Academy. However, Johnson

(seen above during that game) appeared on a Twitter

Spaces event Monday representing Bishop Sycamore, and

Peterson didn’t object to that. Peterson also tried to

dispute claims that the school, which currently has no

listed address on their website and has had many

questions raised about their housing, academics, and

more, is a “scam.”


a man holding a phone: Roy Johnson


Andre Peterson, who played for Jim Tressel at

Youngstown State in the 1980s, is Bishop Sycamore’s

founder, director and currently coaches the football

team’s offensive and defensive lines.

On Tuesday, he told USA TODAY Sports that the football

coach, Roy Johnson had been fired Sunday after the

game. Peterson also defended Bishop Sycamore’s

purpose of giving players a better chance of playing

college football and denied any inkling of a “scam”

related to Sunday’s game or Bishop Sycamore.  

“There’s nothing that I’ve gotten out of this that would

constitute it as a scam because I’m not gaining anything

financially from what we’re doing,” Peterson told USA

TODAY Sports on Monday night. “The reality of it is that

I have a son (Javan) that’s also in the program and has

been in the program for four years.

“If it’s a scam and the kids are not going to school and

not doing what they’re supposed to do, then I’m literally

scamming myself. And most importantly, I’m hurting

my own son. So when people say stuff like that … I

would literally be taking my son’s future and throwing

it in the trash.”

The allegations illustrate how the school is not listed for

2021-22 by the Ohio Board of Education, and how it was

listed last year as “a ‘non-chartered, non-tax supported

school,’ a type of school that ‘because of truly held

religious beliefs, choose to not be chartered by the State

Board of Education.’” It also doesn’t provide satisfactory

answers for why the school’s address is a post office box

(Peterson claims harassment of their athletes), where its

players did their schoolwork (Peterson says they rented a

building, but provides few details there), what that

schoolwork looked like and so on. But it does illustrate

that Peterson intends to press on with Bishop Sycamore,

and now intends to do so without Johnson.


Source: Tyshawn Smith


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