Ohio HS football power apologizes, Wisconsin now allowed on campus

The beef between an Ohio perennial football power and one of the Big Ten’s most prominent programs appears, for the moment, to be squashed.As reported by Land of 10, St. Xavier (Cincinnati) officials issued an apology in a statement on Friday and will allow Wisconsin’s football coaching staff on campus to recruit players.”St. Xavier High School enthusiastically invites all colleges and universities�to recruit our students for their academic, athletic and co-curricular programs,” the statement sent to Land of 10 reads.�”We apologize to any school that has ever felt anything less than welcome on our campus or by our staff.”RELATED: Ohio QB commits to Wisconsin even though his coach banned Badgers from campusThe school’s officials released the statement after the Land of 10 story that detailed a rift between St. Xavier football coach Steve Specht and Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst, which led Specht to bar Badgers coaches from visiting the Cincinnati private school.”It’s not going to ever happen again, and we do apologize that it happened,” St. Xavier director of communications and marketing Becky Schulte told Land of 10. “I don’t know that there’s a way to prevent that except to say that it won’t ever happen.”As initially reported by Land of 10, St. Xavier (Ohio) of Cincinnati star Chase Wolf recently chose the Badgers despite being unable to see Chryst outside of Madison. The reason behind the disharmonious relationship reportedly has to do with one of Specht’s players decommitting from Wisconsin late in the recruiting process over six years ago.Since that decommitment of then-St. Xavier offensive lineman Brandyn Cook, Specht has voiced his displeasure with Chryst, who reportedly told Cook he was too small to play in Chyrst’s system and he should find somewhere else to play shortly after he was hired as Pittsburgh’s head coach. Cook went on to sign with Miami (Ohio), and Chryst has since made the move back to Wisconsin, where he had been offensive coordinator before briefly being the head coach at Pittsburgh.