Chase Young Facing Possible Suspension For NCAA Violations

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Just four days after being voted No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings for the first time in history, Ohio State got some very bad – and potentially season-changing – news.

The school just announced that junior defensive end Chase Young will miss the Maryland game, and possibly longer.

“Ohio State’s Chase Young will not play in this Saturday’s game between the Buckeyes and the Maryland Terrapins due to a possible NCAA issue from 2018 that the Department of Athletics is looking into,” reads the official statement from OSU.

Late Friday morning, Young released a statement on his Twitter account. It read:

“Unfortunately, I won’t be playing this week due to an NCAA eligibility issue. I made a mistake last year by accepting a loan from a family friend I’ve known since the summer before my freshman year at OSU. I repaid it in full last summer and I’m working with the University and NCAA to get back on the field as soon as possible. I want to thank my family, teammates, coaches, and the whole Ohio State community for all the love and support. God bless and go Bucks!”

Young was not made available to the media during interviews this week, which is somewhat unusual for a star player during the week of a game against his home state school.

He has been at the center of this year’s revitalized Buckeye defense.

He tied a school record with four sacks the last time he stepped on the field against Wisconsin. He has 13.5 sacks already this season, just a half-sack shy of tying the OSU single-season record.

Young has been widely discussed as a potential Heisman candidate, and likely top-5 pick in next year’s NFL Draft.

It’s not yet clear how long a potential suspension could last. The Buckeyes will still be massive favorites the next two weeks against Maryland and Rutgers, but any suspension lasting longer than that could be a season-changer.

The Buckeyes finish the regular season at home against Penn State and at Michigan, then would have a potential Big Ten Championship Game and bowl or College Football Playoff game ahead.

18 Responses

  1. If he borrowed money from a family friend who is not an agent or a booster, I don’t see how it can be much of a problem. There must be more to the story than we know unless OSU is just being hyper conservative. . . which we have to hope is the case.

  2. He’s busted for accepting a loan from a friend and has already admitted to it so forget about the free hamburger. Rules are rules and nobody is above them. The blood is in the water and the distraction that our opponents hoped for is in play. It’s not going to make a difference for the next two weeks but beyond that the team will be without its best player. Chase screwed up and I thought he was smarter than that. He’s my favorite player and I feel for him because he swore he wouldn’t let the Buckeyes miss the playoffs this year and he’s the one who has sabotaged his goals. It’s going to make it more interesting heading into the last two games if he’s not allowed to return. Perhaps sly Gene Smith self reported this hoping to get a two game suspension?

    1. “Rules are rules and nobody is above them.”

      Alabama and Clemson says “Hold my beer”…

      1. Ol Miss and North Carolina and Miami and FSU concur with G K. Tenneecheat winks.

  3. Ohio State 63
    Maryland 17

    With Chase Young

    Ohio State 70
    Maryland 3

  4. “Hope for the best, expect the worst. Some (teams) are bles-sed – and some are curs’d! No way of know-ing, which way you’re go-ing. Hope for the best ex-pect the worst!” —Mel Brooks

  5. Wonderful news. I swear it never fails. And of course it has to be our best defensive player. Hopefully it was just a free hamburger or something stupid that he will get reinstated by the psu game.

  6. So does this mean that Maryland is going to score 6 points instead of 3? Well, its going to suck, not seeing the most exciting player in college football out there.

  7. I swear this kind of thing happens at most big time universities. Are we the only one that self-reports this stuff? Gene Smith is the worst.

    1. That’s a homer mentality and indicative of fans who don’t mind breaking rules and lying about it to get a championship. No, it’s better to deal with these things rather than cover them up. The same homers are obsessed with the perceived cheating in the SEC and eager to pounce on teams like USC, etc. and label them as cheaters. I hope you know better than to justify breaking the rules and covering it up and then feeling pride that your cheaters are better than theirs. OSU has to be Boy Scouts after the Tattoo scandal and loss of an entire season. Some things are more important than bragging rights about a game.

      1. The southern schools are laughing at your comment.

        1. BIG time laughing at his post.

          Tatgate was a scandal ONLY in the sense that a worthless organisation believes it has a right to tell people what they can and can’t do with their own property, which they earned with their own talent.

          A wise man once stated. “Law is often but the tyrants will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual.”

  8. The other shoe just dropped…great

  9. Perfect. Just the distraction the team didn’t need at this point in the season. It never fails. I knew the premature #1 ranking was a bad idea. It was a nice three days at the top basking in the glow of national attention. Without Young OSU.will drop next Tuesday regardless of Saturday’s result. It’s not fair to Coach Day and the rest of the team. I’ve been enjoying the complete lack of off field drama and scandals this year with the new staff and players. Just have to hope for the best. I thought the world of Young. Hopefully this is a baseless accusation. There are a lot of teams and ESPN commentators jumping for joy today.

  10. Tony should be safe to pick 0 sacks for Chase this week.

    Chase must have done something bad, because Baker Mayield resisted arrest and ran from the police with no suspension and then was gifted a Heisman.

    all joking aside hopefully it’s nothing too serious and Chase is back to playing next week

    1. There’s a difference. Mayfield didn’t get any money that the NCAA could steal. Chase got a few hundred bucks and the NCAA wants their cut.

      1. true. they aren’t concerned with actual crimes if money isn’t involved

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