Conflict over: Cincinnati high school ends ban on Wisconsin coaches

We’re guessing Paul Chryst’s face looked like this when he found out he can recruit on St. Xavier’s campus again. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)
We’re guessing Paul Chryst’s face looked like this when he found out he can recruit on St. Xavier’s campus again. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

The saga between St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati and the Wisconsin coaching staff has reached an peaceful end.

St. Xavier has dropped its ban on Wisconsin coaches recruiting at the school. The prohibition on Wisconsin’s staff was notable when St. Xavier quarterback Chase Wolf signed with the Badgers as part of Wisconsin’s 2018 recruiting class. But it’s over now, based on this statement from the school.

“St. Xavier High School enthusiastically invites all colleges and universities to recruit our students for their academic, athletic and co-curricular programs,” the statement, first provided to Land of 10, said. “We apologize to any school that has ever felt anything less than welcome on our campus or by our staff.”

The differences between St. Xavier football coach Steve Specht and Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst had nothing to do with the Badgers in the first place. Specht was unhappy with the way a former player of his was treated when Chryst was the coach at Pitt so Chryst and his staff were unable to come to the school and recruit on school grounds.

Specht had called Wolf’s signing with Wisconsin “strange” because of the ban which itself could also be characterized as “strange.”

Apparently St. Xavier agreed with that. A spokesperson for the school told Land of 10 that “It’s not going to ever happen again.”

Wolf was a three-star prospect in the class of 2018.

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Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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