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East-West All-Star Football Game to Move to December 2023 | Sports

GREENSBORO — The East-West All-Star Football Game will move from July to December beginning in 2023.

Wednesday’s East-West All-Star football game will be the second to last game played this summer, at least for the foreseeable future. In 2023, there will be matches in July and December.

The NC Coaches Association decided to move its showpiece game, which is played at Jamieson Stadium in Grimsley, to the weekend after the NCHSAA state championship games in December. National finals are usually played on the second Friday and Saturday of December.

Boys’ and girls’ basketball games at Greensboro Coliseum and boys’ and girls’ soccer games at Macpherson Stadium will remain in July.

Moving the football game from July to December has been in the works for at least 30 years, says Phil Weaver, executive director of the coaching association.

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“Since I’ve been doing it, football coaches want it,” Weaver said. “Dividing the matches is going to hurt a bit. I guess basketball will become the number one summer event, and that should help football a bit too. »

The “overarching reason” for moving the summer football game to just after the season ends, Weaver said, is to attract bigger players. Many college programs do not allow scholarship players to participate in the game due to summer school commitments and the risk of injury.

“I bet out of 72 football kids, we’ve replaced more than 30 from the original rosters,” Weaver said. “Much of it was due to children found late in the (academic) recruitment process. … They weren’t defending us, they just had to go to college.

Another reason for the move to December is that it will allow Division I football coaches to attend coaching clinics held in conjunction with the East-West All-Star Game. An interpretation of NCAA rules had prevented coaches from assisting or serving as clinicians in recent years.

The East-West football game will now be played on the same weekend as the Carolinas’ annual Shrine Bowl in Spartanburg, SC, but Weaver said he thinks there will still be plenty of outstanding North Carolina seniors available. .

A coaching association football committee will meet to determine whether the next East-West game will be played on the afternoon of the third Saturday or the third Sunday, Weaver said. The NCCA must address any logistical challenges associated with moving the game before setting the date.

“We have our 75th team being drafted in the winter,” Weaver said, “so we’ve decided that for any changes we want to make, now is the perfect time to make them.”

Contact Joe Sirera at 336-373-7034 and follow @JoeSireraSports on Twitter.

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