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View Poll Results: Is the COF Academy real?
I'm with COF Academy, and we are real. 2 3.57%
Of course. They are the IMG of the north. 3 5.36%
All the OCC teams have dodged them. Even Pickerington Central Catholic 0 0%
They wrecked my L1 points 0 0%
They wrecked my L2 points 1 1.79%
Not until Joe Eitel says so 20 35.71%
If they don't have a bunch of Yappi trolls already, they can't be real. 6 10.71%
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Old 06-08-18, 08:46 PM
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COF Academy? Are they real?

If they're not, they've sure fooled some ADs. Relatively respectful people are associated with them and have updated their LinkedIn pages to say so. Neither Google nor the Franklin County Auditor nor the Department of Education nor the Secretary of State nor anybody has heard of them.

Are they for real?
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Old 06-08-18, 09:22 PM
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Where is this 60 acre campus? The address they have listed is an office building in downtown.
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Where is this 60 acre campus? The address they have listed is an office building in downtown.
My GoogleFu and inductive reasoning suggests that they will be at 2300 N Cassady near the Columbus airport just north of the CSG athletic campus at Columbus Christian Center. I think the ministry there has long had aspirations of taking things to the next level. It's just common sense that they will eventually consolidate with the Columbus Crusaders and Reigning Thunder club teams that share a common mission and vision. I'm guessing that they will rent stadiums. If they can get it going to the extent hoped for by the leaders involved, it has the potential to be a transformational experience for the kids much like a Catholic education. I think it's a great thing and I hope they can execute.
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Old 06-09-18, 09:29 PM
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My GoogleFu and inductive reasoning suggests that they will be at 2300 N Cassady near the Columbus airport just north of the CSG athletic campus at Columbus Christian Center. I think the ministry there has long had aspirations of taking things to the next level. It's just common sense that they will eventually consolidate with the Columbus Crusaders and Reigning Thunder club teams that share a common mission and vision. I'm guessing that they will rent stadiums. If they can get it going to the extent hoped for by the leaders involved, it has the potential to be a transformational experience for the kids much like a Catholic education. I think it's a great thing and I hope they can execute.
It is the opinion of several in the Columbus sports scene that the ascent of COF will bleed Columbus City Schools of some top talent if it gets off the ground and sustains. But, this project was tried before. There was a ďCity PrepĒ that existed for one year, but then folded. Most notable athlete to play for the since defunct prep school was Jerome Hunter, as a freshman.

Regarding the club consolidations: my guess is the Crusaders will find themselves merging with Reigning Thunder. Tree of Life and Wellington, the two primary private school arteries for the Crusaders these days, with Worthington Christian having football now, have both explored adding football. Reigning Thunder may have had the aspiration to be the effective ďIMG LiteĒ of Ohio, but they donít appear to have the resources and will probably get closed out of that window for good, now, with COFís existence.
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Old 06-10-18, 02:54 PM
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Where is this 60 acre campus? The address they have listed is an office building in downtown.
Another address they're showing on Sunbury Road is on the campus of Ohio Dominican. https://twitter.com/CofAcademy/statu...55369455210503
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Old 06-10-18, 03:49 PM
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The Bucknuts quote was simply an email from a poster calling himself "IronmenRule". So, I would say he is likely not an "independent" source of information! The founder of COF is the Jay Richardson Foundation. Jay Richardson is a former OSU player who played several years in the NFL. He sounds like a decent man, and his foundation has worthy goals. But, in and of itself, I doubt this foundation has the type of funds available to sustain itself that obviously an institution like IMG has available. It will be interesting to see how this all shakes out over this coming year and thereafter.
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Another address they're showing on Sunbury Road is on the campus of Ohio Dominican. https://twitter.com/CofAcademy/statu...55369455210503
The address is the Ohio Dominican Library, though it says that is the meeting place for a campus tour and not far from that other address.
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Old 06-10-18, 07:31 PM
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They have plans to build a large campus for the 2019-2020 school year but are actually needing to lease space for 2018-19, which is one of the reasons they arenít accredited by ODE yet- they donít have a physical place to hold classes.
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They have plans to build a large campus for the 2019-2020 school year but are actually needing to lease space for 2018-19, which is one of the reasons they arenít accredited by ODE yet- they donít have a physical place to hold classes.
So, should the teams find another opponent?
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Old 07-29-18, 03:17 PM
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Another address they're showing on Sunbury Road is on the campus of Ohio Dominican. https://twitter.com/CofAcademy/statu...55369455210503
Interesting. ODU's campus is 90-some acres. If COF is claiming a 60-acre campus, does that mean they're leasing two-thirds of ODU?

Sounds like some very "creative" marketing.
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Old 06-08-18, 09:44 PM
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I spoke to a secondary source who knows about what’s happening with COF Academy.

They are, indeed, fielding a team. It is somewhat based off of the IMG model, and they have a handful of players coming into the team who will play at the next level.

It is most analogous to an Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, VA) type structure. For many, it’s a post-secondary/prep opportunity. It’s not a model that supplants an actual four year high school, per se (like, you most likely aren’t going to see kids defect from Coffman or Archbishop Pick North as freshman to go there

Wasn’t clued in on how the actual educational component will function; didn’t think to ask.


EDIT: Post on Bucknuts says they’re hosting Iggy at the Shoe on 9/14. Hmm...

EDIT #2: re-read the thread, realized that I wrote the bolded sentence poorly. It should’ve been written as “opportunity to play at the post-secondary level.”

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Old 06-09-18, 12:18 PM
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EDIT: Post on Bucknuts says theyíre hosting Iggy at the Shoe on 9/14. Hmm...
So, is this the Urban Meyer Academy?

The team I follow plays this team and I hate everything about that. It sucks when a team from Columbus area you have penciled in for week 2 calls and says they are not coming forcing you to find anyone to play.
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Old 06-15-18, 06:49 AM
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I spoke to a secondary source who knows about whatís happening with COF Academy.

They are, indeed, fielding a team. It is somewhat based off of the IMG model, and they have a handful of players coming into the team who will play at the next level.

It is most analogous to an Oak Hill (Mouth of Wilson, VA) type structure. For many, itís a post-secondary/prep opportunity. Itís not a model that supplants an actual four year high school, per se (like, you most likely arenít going to see kids defect from Coffman or Archbishop Pick North as freshman to go there

Wasnít clued in on how the actual educational component will function; didnít think to ask.


EDIT: Post on Bucknuts says theyíre hosting Iggy at the Shoe on 9/14. Hmm...
An Ohio IMG type school could do well in the Midwest. I am not aware of anything like IMG in the Midwest so could pull kids from MI, IN, KY, and PA. It will be interesting to watch it develop.
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I don't think they can have 5th year players and count in the computer points
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Old 06-09-18, 11:32 AM
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Why even waste your time playing them? Your team risks injury from playing a bunch of mercenaries and you get no computer points.
Your team risks injuries playing any team in general.
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Old 06-09-18, 11:44 AM
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I am not sure about the computer points. Perhaps the teams on their schedule have been assured they will count.
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Old 06-09-18, 11:58 AM
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I hope it does not count. They would likely be a D7 classification.
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Old 06-09-18, 05:15 PM
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Never heard of them until reading this thread
But maxpreps has a full schedule.
All familiar names with ohio schools along with Iggy
Wayne
St eds
Lima
Dunbar

Ends the season against IMG
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COF is associated with AMEC (African Methodist Episcopal Church) Is that connected to the church at that address?

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It's a different location than KIPP. And KIPP is a charter school. The guys backing COF say it's not a charter school.
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Strange goings ons. You'd expect a web presence for a new school. There is limited space for classes in that building I'd guess.
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CAPE was a Cincy Public School that specialized in physical education. In order to go to the school you had to be within the CPS district. It appears COF will accept students from anywhere. And none of these recent schools have been successful in Ohio.

IMG was already well known for tennis and golf before they expanded to offer other programs. They'd already made an substantial amount of money and had a campus to work with before doing so. Most of the top Prep schools in basketball have been around for years and have a history of success which draws talent to their programs. The same can be said for most of the "private/prep" schools in football. IMGs been one of the only few that have really taken off recently. You could maybe add Bishop Gorman in Vegas but that's more due to the Lorenzo family and then all the celebrities that followed form there.
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Old 06-10-18, 08:00 AM
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Here is their posted schedule

8/17 7:00p
Football North (Mississauga, Ontario)
Location: COF Academy
8/24 7:00p
@ North Allegheny (Wexford, PA)
Location: North Allegheny High School
8/31 7:00p
@ Wayne (Huber Heights, OH)
Location: Wayne High School
9/7 7:00p
@ Lima Senior (Lima, OH)
Location: Lima Senior High School
9/14 7:00p
St. Ignatius (Cleveland, OH)
Location: COF Academy
9/22 1:00p
@ St. Edward (Lakewood, OH)
Location: St. Edward High School
9/28 7:00p
@ Catholic Central (Novi, MI)
Location: Catholic Central High School
10/5 7:00p
@ Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, MI)
Location: Brother Rice High School
10/127:00p
Dunbar (Dayton, OH)
Location: COF Academy
10/19 1:00p
Christian Brothers (St. Louis, MO)
Location: COF Academy
10/26 7:00p
@ IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)
Location: IMG Academy
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Here is their posted schedule

8/17 7:00p
Football North (Mississauga, Ontario)
Location: COF Academy
8/24 7:00p
@ North Allegheny (Wexford, PA)
Location: North Allegheny High School
8/31 7:00p
@ Wayne (Huber Heights, OH)
Location: Wayne High School
9/7 7:00p
@ Lima Senior (Lima, OH)
Location: Lima Senior High School
9/14 7:00p
St. Ignatius (Cleveland, OH)
Location: COF Academy
9/22 1:00p
@ St. Edward (Lakewood, OH)
Location: St. Edward High School
9/28 7:00p
@ Catholic Central (Novi, MI)
Location: Catholic Central High School
10/5 7:00p
@ Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, MI)
Location: Brother Rice High School
10/127:00p
Dunbar (Dayton, OH)
Location: COF Academy
10/19 1:00p
Christian Brothers (St. Louis, MO)
Location: COF Academy
10/26 7:00p
@ IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)
Location: IMG Academy


If these clowns had any stones, theyíd have scheduled Hoban, the GCL South and Hudson along with IMG, Iggy, Edís and HHW.
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I'm curious, how does the Black community feel about programs and schools like this? After reading "Indentured", which exposes how the corrupt NCAA exploits athletes, in particular black athletes from low income areas, how is it that these types of program are also most likely exploiting young black men in their teens?

Beyond football or the sport of choosing how are these institutions really improving the student/athlete's chances to succeed in life? Especially in football where an injury can end your athletic career in a heartbeat.

The article states that most of the kids come from "...troubled homes or have dropped out of school" I guess the results in a few years will tell the real story but something just sounds fishy about this.

So funding is coming from the church and Financial Aid?!?!?! Call me a skeptic but this just seems very odd without a clear picture of exactly what they are trying to accomplish.
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Here is their posted schedule

8/17 7:00p
Football North (Mississauga, Ontario)
Location: COF Academy
8/24 7:00p
@ North Allegheny (Wexford, PA)
Location: North Allegheny High School
8/31 7:00p
@ Wayne (Huber Heights, OH)
Location: Wayne High School
9/7 7:00p
@ Lima Senior (Lima, OH)
Location: Lima Senior High School
9/14 7:00p
St. Ignatius (Cleveland, OH)
Location: COF Academy
9/22 1:00p
@ St. Edward (Lakewood, OH)
Location: St. Edward High School
9/28 7:00p
@ Catholic Central (Novi, MI)
Location: Catholic Central High School
10/5 7:00p
@ Brother Rice (Bloomfield Hills, MI)
Location: Brother Rice High School
10/127:00p
Dunbar (Dayton, OH)
Location: COF Academy
10/19 1:00p
Christian Brothers (St. Louis, MO)
Location: COF Academy
10/26 7:00p
@ IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)
Location: IMG Academy
Joe E has this:
8/17 H Football North (via Clarkson SS) (ON) (1-1) [2:0] L 0-35
8/24 A North Allegheny (PA) (1-0) L 20-45
8/31 A Wayne (1-0) [1:3]
9/7 A Lima Senior (0-1) [2:6]
9/14 H St Ignatius (0-1) [1:1]
9/22 A St Edward (0-1) [1:1]
9/28 A Detroit Catholic Central (MI) (1-0) [1:0]
10/5 A Birmingham Brother Rice (MI) (0-0)
10/12 H Dunbar (0-1) [3:12]
10/19 H Christian Brothers (MO) (0-0)
10/26 A IMG Academy (FL) (0-0)
11/10 A Saint Frances Academy (MD) (0-0) *
* - game does not count in OHSAA rankings
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Can the OHSAA announce whether they are real & viable or a sham ? To fool all 10 schools on that schedule , would be the greatest boondoggle in Ohio high school athletic history!!
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That is a great schedule. If this thing takes off, schools in Ohio, Michigan, PA, KY, WV, IN might start losing elite talent to this academy...much like IMG does now. And Urban would have to run a balancing act trying to keep a good relationship with Ohio's HS coaches, while also (likely) embracing what would be an ideal prep for top college FB players in his own backyard.
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They arenít an OHSAA school, but you can play non-member schools. Every school that has scheduled COF has been told by the OHSAA that there is NO GUARENTEE they will count for computer points. They have to have an official ODE enrollment before they can even be assigned an OHSAA division. While COF has promised theyíll be ODE sanctioned by the start of the school year, they arenít yet. Theyíre putting the cart before the horse.
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IMG has been the only successful football model to date because they have the backing of a billion dollar sports marketing company. I donít see this venture becoming an IMG, or even being around for more than a few years. I guess we shall see though.
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