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Chase Young facing suspension, will miss Maryland game

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Ohio State defensive end Chase Young had built himself into a Heisman Trophy candidate. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Chase Young facing suspension, will miss Maryland game

COLUMBUS — The Heisman Trophy campaign and the most dominant individual season in college football is on hiatus: Chase Young is facing an indefinite suspension.

Fresh off the finest performance of his career in a record-breaking win over Wisconsin, the Ohio State junior is now suddenly, shockingly unavailable for the nation’s top-ranked team heading into the final month of the regular season, according to multiple Lettermen Row sources. Poised to break the school’s single-season record with his next sack, the captain won’t be available to do it for the Buckeyes on Saturday against Maryland — and now the wait is on to see exactly how much time Young will miss.

Ohio State confirmed the report on Friday morning, though exact details about the potential NCAA violation remain unclear at this point. Multiple sources have indicated that the program is optimistic that Young will be cleared to return to Buckeyes this season, but a resolution for the matter still hasn’t been reached.

“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,” a school statement said.

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Ohio State defensive end Chase Young posted 13.5 sacks in the first eight games for the Buckeyes. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Ohio State had sailed through the first couple months of the Ryan Day Era without incident, blowing out every opponent and brushing aside every potential distraction that popped up with no trouble. Whether it was dealing with key injuries, handling speculation about Day being an NFL head-coaching candidate, tuning out the rankings or even managing three possible Heisman campaigns, the Buckeyes have been completely unfazed while shooting to the top spot in College Football Playoff poll.

And while Ohio State is deep and talented at virtually every position, Young had emerged as the ringleader — particularly after a jaw-dropping, four-sack outing against Wisconsin before last week’s off date. The good-natured, respected teammate hadn’t been made available to the media since the postgame press conference after the win, the first public hint that something was amiss with Young’s status.

“I mean, having a player like Chase play the way he has clearly changes the game and makes everybody on that defense better, because you have to account for him on every play,” Day said last week. “But that’s only good if he plays that way, and he is. And we all know his potential and what he’s done, but I thought his intensity and the way he approached that game was special. You could tell he played with a chip on his shoulder. But that’s only good if he keeps continuing to play that way.

“I think that’s why you’ve got to give him credit week in and week out. He’s played the same way, he’s been consistent, he’s been tough, he’s been productive. But now we’re into the teeth of this thing, and he’s going to have to continue to play that way because now he’s got the biggest bullseye he’s ever had on his chest. That’s going to be tough going down the stretch.”

Now it’s not even clear when Chase Young will get to take part in that championship push for Ohio State.

And until further notice, the Buckeyes will be working without the nation’s best player.

Lettermen Row’s Jeremy Birmingham and Tim May both contributed reporting for this story, which will be updated as more information becomes available.

UPDATE: Chase Young has personally responded with a statement on social media that sheds more light on his situation and ongoing appeal.

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Shellita
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Shellita

McMurphy, Dat you?

Kevin
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Kevin

this says absolutely nothing

Rachel
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Rachel

After I read it, I’m thinking “Ummm….?” Seems like they jumped the gun on this story without enough info.

Andy
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Andy

details will come out. Letterman Row – like any press organization wants to be the first to report the story.

yourbuck
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yourbuck

He’s suspended and that’s all they know right now. That’s the story. Jumped gun on what???

Micah
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Micah

I dont get this

Williard
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Williard

Who jumped the gun? You HAVE to be PROACTIVE.

Rick Earl
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Rick Earl

Do you HAVE to be proactive? UGA admitted Todd Gurley was getting paid for autographs, suspended him two game, and the NCAA added two more. Texas A&M fought hard against the NCAA, even though Johnny Football was on video signing for money, and he got a half game suspension. Auburn and Cam Newton fought hard, he was fine. Same with FSU and Winston. Heck, look at UNC Tarheels resisting the charge of fake classes. No penalty, not even a slap on the wrist for basketball or football.

Richard Kiklinski
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Richard Kiklinski

Agreed. That REALLY hurt Georgia that season

Buck Nut
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Buck Nut

Yeah and unfortunately, only Ohio State and its coaching staff have any idea what happened.

Thomas Voytko
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Thomas Voytko

If it was from 2018, I wonder how that affects the 2019 season if he should not have been playing? Could this possibly jeopardize more than his season?

Kathy
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Kathy

Like maybe the teams whole season?!

Pennsylvester
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Pennsylvester

This sucks if true. PSU fan here and I want OSU at their best on 11/23, the two best B1G teams displaying their all. Show the SEC what real college football is.

Tariq St. Patrick
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Tariq St. Patrick

I call bullshit on this comment.

linuxdood
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linuxdood

Penn State fan here and I don’t believe his comment either

Thomas Voytko
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Thomas Voytko

I guess things were going too smoothly to continue. Hopefully its not a banned substance, but something minor. Hopefully we can get him back for Penn State.

Buck Nut
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Buck Nut

I’m a little bit worried but we have the best DL coach in the nation in Larry Johnson and talent overflowing at the position. I hope we have him back for PSU as he is a game changer but I’m not as confident without him as I was with him.

Spider44
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Spider44

Two players they could not afford to lose. Chase Young and Justin Fields.
Sucks B1G Time!

Tim Retherford
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Tim Retherford

Hearing took money from an agent.

Buck Nut
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Buck Nut

That’s what’s I heard as well. If so, its up to the NCAA to get this situation cleared up and clear Young to play.

Hominid
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Hominid

A loan BEFORE he entered college AND HE HAS PAID IT BACK!!!! This is NCAA ANTI-Buckeye BULLSHIITE!! Just the latest version of Urban’s supposed negligence regarding his D coach spousal abuse & other past bogus accusations.

Brian yakata
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Brian yakata

Agree.

Williard
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Williard

Hominind- it’s NOT anti- buckeye! Clinton Dix at Alabama sat two games so it’s not a conspiracy. It’s called knowingly breaking a rule. He knew. They all know. All players are educated WEEKLY as to right and wrong

Webfoot
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Webfoot

@ Hominid: Loan was in 2018, NOT before he matriculated.

Lawrence Gantt
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Lawrence Gantt

I agree Hominid

jbirmmd
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jbirmmd

So, all the people complaining about the report need to chill out a bit, I think.

They reported and confirmed accurate information about his being suspended when other blogs and Twitter reports were just hinting at it, and they provided information as to possible extent even beyond what OSU reported in the official report.

I for one give Lettermenrow.com a lot of props for not running actual speculation about what might have happened before getting confirmed information.

Brian yakata
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Brian yakata

Always on point

Andy
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Andy

somebody is always going to lose their shit and complain. That’s how it is in America today. More facts will come out. They simply reported that he was suspended and won’t be playing tomorrow. Stand by – more details will be forthcoming.

James W Spencer
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James W Spencer

This sucks.It is amazing how this stuff happens to OSU.I know rules must be followed ,but really? Tressel tattoo gate ,Meyer and assistant coach ,now this.Amazing NONE of this seems to happen at just the right time down in the rule abiding SEC ! Bout like kids at other schools never would sell jerseys etc. For cash ! No only OSU.Or assistant coaches that have sketchy relationships behind closed doors that the head coach is totally responsible for.Again rules should be followed, however, everyone must be scrutinized equally.Man the Buckeye nation got some haters!

Andy
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Andy

Yes, OSU has haters. But this could have been avoided if Chase didn’t take the $$$ – this provided easy ammunition to those who want to talk trash about OSU.

Richard Kiklinski
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Richard Kiklinski

Oh the poor poor Big 10. Do you even follow college football? Remember Todd Gurley suspension. 4 games. Let’s see if OSU is held to the same standard. Don’t even get me started on you guys sweeping a pedophile DR under the rug! Are you victims or just crybabies. Never mind, I already know the answer

Joey
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Joey

Sheeet

Jim Crow
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Jim Crow

I’m tired of these players doing stuff like this. They have been preached to from the time they get to school what you can not do. Then they go ahead and do this any way. Now The NCAA needs to burn their rule book and start over. These player train year round and can not get a job to earn money for spending.

Vince Nadosky
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Vince Nadosky

The loan was from before his freshman year as per his response.

David
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David

With the recent ruling the NCAA has made about players making $$ off likenesses this should be irrelevant! I think someone is scared about the potential of OSU and this is nothing more than an veiled attempt to derail and the NCAA is playing the fool for getting involved.

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Austin Ward is Lettermen Row's senior writer covering Ohio State football and basketball. The award-winning journalist has covered the Buckeyes since 2012, spending five of those seasons working for ESPN after previous stints at the Casper Star-Tribune and Knoxville News Sentinel.

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