- Ohio State’s Chase Young won’t play against Maryland for a possible violation of NCAA rules.
- The particulars of Young’s alleged malfeasance are up for debate.
- If reports are accurate, Young should forego his NCAA eligibility to focus on the NFL Draft.
Ohio State certainly doesn’t need Chase Young to beat Maryland on Saturday. The Buckeyes are 8-0, currently sitting at the top of the College Football Playoff Rankings, while the Terrapins are 3-6.
It’s a testament to the wide gulf between these conference foes that Ohio State’s status as a whopping 43.5 point favorite was unchanged by the prospective absence of the country’s best defensive player.
But the Buckeyes won’t be facing pushovers forever, and Young sitting out on Saturday “due to a possible NCAA issue from 2018” raises the possibility that his college football career might already be over.
Conflicting Information About a ‘Family Friend’
Shortly after Ohio State announced Chase Young would miss the Maryland game, he took to social media to explain the reason for his absence. Apparently, the potential NCAA compliance issue at hand stems from a loan the star pass-rusher received last year from a longtime “family friend.”
Young’s attorney, Tim Nevius, subsequently confirmed his client’s account. He criticized the NCAA for “unfair and outdated rules” that “punish athletes for making ends meet while enriching everyone else.” Based on that information alone, Young and the Buckeyes might have done enough to placate the notoriously-rigid NCAA by holding him out on Saturday.
The problem for Ohio State is that multiple reports have since surfaced, clarifying the relationship between Young and the person who gave him the loan.