New NCAA regulations causing headache for Crosstown Showdown
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - The 20th annual Crosstown Showdown has hit a bit of a snag. The event that kicks off the high school football season in the Tri-State can no longer host games at Nippert Stadium.
This affects six games on the Showdown schedule:
Elder vs. Lakota West
Colerain vs. La Salle
Lakota East vs. Walnut Hills
Milford vs. Oak Hills
Hinsdale Central (IL) vs. St. Xavier
Hamilton vs. Moeller
The issue stems from the NCAA re-classifying August as a "dead period" meaning that potential recruits can't be on campus at that time. Local 12's Jed DeMuesy talked with UC sports information director Ryan Koslen on Wednesday afternoon who told him that this change in the schedule was implemented as recently as the beginning of July, to the best of his knowledge.
DeMuesy also spoke with Tom Gamble who organizes the Showdown every year. He said that each set of athletic directors will sit down and determine what's best for their particular match up.
Neutral sites could be an option, or potentially home-and-homes this season and next in the Showdown. We will have updates on where these games will be played as soon as they are made available.
Update: La Salle and Colerain wasting no time ironing out details. They two will play on Friday, August 25th at 7 p.m. at La Salle. The plan is for the Lancers to play at the Cardinals in 2018, but the two schools are still figuring out all the details.