Connect with us

Chase Young: Breaking down everything suspension means for Ohio State

Chase Young-Ohio State-Buckeyes-Ohio State football
Ohio State defensive end Chase Young will miss the Buckeyes game against Maryland. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Ohio State Football

Chase Young: Breaking down everything suspension means for Ohio State

COLUMBUS — The Chase Young suspension at Ohio State is a bombshell, there’s no underselling it.

He’s the best player in the country on the nation’s top-ranked team, and the superstar defensive end is facing an indefinite absence — with no guarantee about how long the junior captain will be held out of action.

At the absolute minimum, Young is going to miss Saturday’s matchup with Maryland after the school confirmed it was looking into a possible NCAA rules violation from last year. The first step in these cases is almost always to be proactive about ruling the athlete ineligible while the appeals process plays out, and from there Ohio State will see where the case goes. According to sources, there is growing optimism within the Woody Hayes Athletic Center as more facts emerge about the loan Young took and when that might have been paid back.

“Unfortunately I won’t be playing this week because of an NCAA eligibility issue,” Young said on Twitter on Friday morning. “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 Ohio State.

“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.”

Without diving too far into speculative ground on when that might be for Young, here’s what Lettermen Row knows about the situation, how it might impact the Buckeyes and what it means for everybody involved.

Chase Young-Ohio State-Buckeyes-Ohio State football

Ohio State defensive end Chase Young has 13.5 sacks this season for the Buckeyes. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

Chase Young status moving forward for Ohio State

Chase Young is a captain, beloved teammate and a passionate player who badly wants to win a national championship at Ohio State. Any suggestion that he was simply ready to move on and go prepare for the NFL Draft is wildly off the mark, and multiple sources have indicated to Lettermen Row that Young was on campus on Thursday and apologized to the rest of the Buckeyes for the incident and distraction. This was always going to be the final year at Ohio State for the freakish defensive end, but he’s not looking for an early exit to go be the potential No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

If the evidence and facts back up Young’s claim of repayment, this case is likely going to be resolved quickly. And in all likelihood, he will be back in the lineup at some point this season for the Buckeyes. Similar cases around the country have produced punishments that generally seem to fall around the two or three games missed — although the NCAA is notoriously difficult to predict, with a half-game suspension for Johnny Manziel for a name-and-likeness issue a few years ago serving as a useful reminder.

The Buckeyes are expecting a ruling in Young’s favor. But the amount of time missed is obviously what bears monitoring with the huge clash with Penn State looming on Nov. 23.

Ryan Day getting first major adversity test with Buckeyes

The distractions are much easier to manage when it’s good news coming out about the program.

Ryan Day is an NFL coaching candidate? Ohio State has three Heisman Trophy candidates? The Buckeyes are ranked No. 1?

Fighting complacency is a challenge in its own right, to be sure. But it’s nothing like the circus that can accompany the suspension of the most dominant player in the sport — especially if all the rest of those topics are floating around at the same time. For Day in his first year, this might qualify as the most significant bit of adversity to come across his desk since taking control of the program, and how he manages and responds to the situation will reveal plenty about him and Ohio State.

Heisman Trophy chances take major hit for Chase Young

Just when there was a groundswell of support for a defensive player to breakthrough and make history in the Heisman Trophy race, Young’s suspension probably short-circuits his candidacy. If he’s eventually ruled eligible again as expected, that might seem a little harsh since he’s clearly still the best player in the country. But Maryland and Rutgers would have represented huge stat-padding opportunities to boost his resumé, which he probably needs if he is going to keep pace with quarterbacks or running backs across the country who have a natural, built-in advantage in that individual competition.

One key question: Will voters hold the suspension against Young if he’s quickly reinstated? The other sea-change in the way college football is viewed over the last few years is that players should be allowed to profit on their name, image and likeness. Could that double-whammy actually keep Young in the mix if he returns to wreck Penn State or Michigan?

Ohio State will still be favored in every Big Ten game

The Buckeyes didn’t need Young on the field against Maryland, and they certainly wouldn’t have played him much at Rutgers next week. But it’s a mark of the depth and talent the program has assembled that a potential No. 1 overall draft pick could be missing from the lineup and Ohio State would still likely be favored to beat both Penn State and Michigan in the critical matchups at the end of the month.

Young is obviously a massive part of the success for one of the nation’s best defenses. But he was never doing it alone for the Buckeyes, and his absence won’t change anything for one of the most high-powered offenses in the country, either. Clearly Ohio State would prefer to be at full strength against the Nittany Lions in the de facto East Division championship game in two weeks. But the truth is the Buckeyes could still win that game without him.

34 Comments
avatar
11 Comment threads
23 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
21 Comment authors
BrianCraigJohn GMeatchicken SuxTired of NC AA vendetta toward one of their own!!! Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Florida Buckeye
Guest
Florida Buckeye

Guilty till proven innocent.

Buck Nut
Guest
Buck Nut

That’s how things are in this day and age unfortunately.

Steven Borysiak
Guest
Steven Borysiak

Sad but true.

Brunstar
Guest
Brunstar

Every person in America can take a loan and pay it back in full without penalty, except a NCAA athlete.

Buck Nut
Guest
Buck Nut

Yep. The whole idea of “student” athlete is the biggest joke perpetuated on college sports in this country.

Ken
Guest
Ken

The problem for an athlete getting a loan from a “private individual” (rather than a bank) is that the “private individual” could well be a booster who has given the athlete money in the guise of a “loan” which the athlete then never pays back. And there is no way to disprove him not paying back if the athlete says he gave the “private individual” cash payments.

Brunstar
Guest
Brunstar

That’s why people are considered innocent until proven guilty, except for student athletes.

David Cook
Guest
David Cook

I’m not as optimistic as you on their chances against PSU and Michigan without Chase. Much of their success on defense this year is confidence, bravado. In other words between the ears. That could take a hit. I could see them struggling to win is that’s the case.

Meatchicken Sux
Guest
Meatchicken Sux

I’m not…..

captcurt
Guest
captcurt

The Dispatch is reporting that a loan was taken out so his parents could go to the Rose Bowl. They have documentation that it was paid back. Nothing to see here.

RoadApples
Guest
RoadApples

If so, why didn’t the parents take out the loan?

Kid Buckeye
Guest
Kid Buckeye

Why Now? Should have been reported earlier since it was last year. Someone dropped the ball or out to get the Buckeyes.

AZ Buckeye
Guest
AZ Buckeye

Chase probably told the “friend” that he wasn’t going to be represented by the “friend’s” agency. Said “friend” probably threatened to “out” him to the NCAA so Young reported it to Ohio State.

Brunstar
Guest
Brunstar

That’s called a Laremy Tunsil special.

Colortv1967
Guest
Colortv1967

No one is out to get OSU, but I guess the conspiracy theories are just now starting.

Eric Pessell
Guest
Eric Pessell

Austin, I read earlier that you suspected something was up because Chase wasn’t made available for interviews since the Wisconsin game. If that were true could we assume the University has been investigating for the past two weeks and should have it concluded sooner rather than later? Thanks

Weave77
Guest
Weave77

Austin, is there any worry from inside the WHAC regarding the NCAA ruling Ohio State ineligible for the post-season or a forfeiture of wins from this/last season?

AZ Buckeye
Guest
AZ Buckeye

Only if it is proven that Ohio State knew of the violation well before reporting it.

Jan Williams
Guest
Jan Williams

This can obviously go two ways as most things in life. It can take the air out the Woody and affect morale OR the rest of the team will dedicate every minute to him for as long as he might be out. I think it will be the latter. But I am confused. So if I am a football player at any university – or any sport – and I take money in the form of a loan from friends of family, I am in violation of NCAA rules? Got to be something more to this. If not, can someone… Read more »

jbirmmd
Guest
jbirmmd

The rules are pretty strict (some say archaic). Players technically cant even be fed at a friend’s house.

Buck Nut
Guest
Buck Nut

They are more then archaic. They were put in place back when football wasn’t a billion dollar industry. Back then you didn’t have multi million dollar TV contracts bringing millions in to all the Universities.

The NCAA dictatorship needs a complete overhaul.

Tired of NC AA vendetta toward one of their own!!!
Guest
Tired of NC AA vendetta toward one of their own!!!

Do away with the NC Anticollegefootball Assholes! There is no more worthless bunch of protoplasms! What kind of people set out to destroy the favorite game of most educated fans?

Brian
Guest
Brian

They may seem archaic, and yet manynrules such as these are valid. Geting loans ? Go back and look at Michigan Basketball man.
So before you say all this is archaic and before millions and so on, there have always been crooked rotten individuals looking to exploit kids and universities, and more. Greed, corruption, lots of stuff comes into play in cases just lile this, unfair advantages as well.
Its not all just archaic.

Meatchicken Sux
Guest
Meatchicken Sux

Nothing to see here,,,,,,Young will be back for the Rutgers game.

Buck Nut
Guest
Buck Nut

The problem is, the NCAA is a dictatorship that wants to be fully in control of every single student-athletes life. All these rules are why kids are wanting to be paid and why law suits are being filed to get them paid.

The NCAA dictatorship needs to be shut down.

Brian
Guest
Brian

There are valid reasons cor it also. Think about it some. How much graft, payoffs would be going on behind the scenes to get players at places with wealthy boosters? Look back at Michigan Basketball. Look at that mess. So there are lots of reasons,mincluding the best for the athletes too, because rotten people do a lot of things with money which are not in these kids i terests, nor the universities. So there is a lotmore to all this. Use some reasoning here, thats why this stuff was set up in the first place. There are a lot of… Read more »

Meatchicken Sux
Guest
Meatchicken Sux

If you take the loan from someone who happens to be a University Booster, or NFL agent or scout, then it is a “problem”…. Since they keep referring to this individual as a “family friend”, then I would expect Chase to be back on the field at Rutguzz.

Craig
Guest
Craig

The only thing the NCAA wants is their money. If they would take care of there not paid workers this wouldn’t have happen.The NCAA should be looked at and Adam you all know who I mean

Colortv1967
Guest
Colortv1967

Agree or disagree, one thing that is sure is that it is a violation. Every university has compliance departments that teach these rules to every player. There is no wiggle room under current NCAA rules.

Cowboy Bob
Guest
Cowboy Bob

Best player in the country? Please, lmao

Steven Borysiak
Guest
Steven Borysiak

Yes. By quite a margin, I reckon.

Meatchicken Sux
Guest
Meatchicken Sux

#1 draft pick in 2020

John G
Guest
John G

I would like to know who you consider to be the best player in the country, I’ve watched every major top contending program and plenty of non contenders and have yet to see a better and more complete player than Chase Young. His presence on field demands attention and he has proven to be unstoppable in virtually every game he has played in this year. I have yet to see another single player have such an impact on a game. The buckeyes have great talent all over the roster and there is great athletes all throughout college football but none… Read more »

Avatar

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.

To Top