Revised NCAA legislation has thrown a wrench in this season's 20th anniversary of the Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown.
The University of Cincinnati acknowledged Wednesday that because of revised NCAA rules, the annual high school football event will be forced elsewhere.
"Games can't be played on campus facilities in August," Ryan Koslen, University of Cincinnati's senior director for sports communications, told our news partner The Enquirer's Tom Groeschen. "Another issue is a third party promoting the event. It's allowed, but those events can't take place on campus facilities. Say two schools wanted to play a game on campus and it wasn't August, that would be allowed."
August is now considered a recruiting dead period after the NCAA recently adopted December as an early signing time.
From the NCAA: "During a dead period a college coach may not have face-to-face contact with college-bound student-athletes or their parents, and may not watch student-athletes compete or visit their high schools. Coaches may write and telephone student-athletes or their parents during a dead period."
The six marquee games featuring Elder vs. Lakota West, Colerain vs. La Salle, Lakota East vs. Walnut Hills, Milford vs. Oak Hills, Moeller vs. Hamilton and St. Xavier vs. Hinsdale Central (Ill.) were originally slated for Nippert on August 25-26.
Showdown event organizer Tom Gamble told The Enquirer that a revised schedule will be released Monday afternoon on the event's website and social media platforms.
The Showdown has seen 223 games played since the event began in 1998. All but one of the first 19 seasons included games at Nippert, taking that year off due to stadium renovations.
Tom Groeschen contributed.