Ohio State standout defensive lineman Chase Young didn’t play in the Buckeyes’ win over Maryland on Saturday. It’s unclear if Young will play in this upcoming week’s game against Rutgers.
Ryan Day’s team should have their star pass rusher back after that, though.
Kyle Rowland of The Blade is reporting that Ohio State expects to hear from the NCAA regarding Young’s suspension within days. Young is reportedly facing a two-game suspension at the worst.
“Multiple sources have told The Blade that a ruling should be made this week regarding Chase Young and that he’s facing a maximum suspension of two games,” he reports.
Multiple sources have told The Blade that a ruling should be made this week regarding Chase Young and that he’s facing a maximum suspension of two games.
— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) November 10, 2019
Young is alleged to have accepted a loan from a family friend to help pay for his girlfriend’s trip to the Rose Bowl last season. He is believed to have paid the loan back.
Ohio State said on Saturday that there was no truth to a report that Young was facing a four-game suspension. The Buckeyes said they did not have any expectations at the moment.
ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit had reported on Saturday morning that Young’s suspension would be slotted at four games, but almost surely would be appealed down.
“Depending on how much money you take, you get slotted with how many games you’re going to be suspended,” Herbstreit said. “In this case, this amount of money is over a certain percentage which means he’s going to be suspended for four games, not just today. What needs to be remembered now is Ohio State this week will collect their intel. They’ll look at all their information and they will appeal.
“Ohio State feels they’re going to hear by next week the answer on their appeal. And because he’s in good standing, he made a mistake here, but he’s a good student, goes to class and doesn’t have any issues off the field … because of that, the NCAA takes that into consideration and more than likely this will come down and be reduced to two games, maybe three games. It won’t stay at four.”
Ohio State later said that this was “incorrect.”
Ohio State spokesperson Jerry Emig speaks before Ryan Day’s press conference. Said Ryan Day will not be able to expand upon the statement Ohio State released yesterday on Chase Young, but this morning’s report that Ohio State expects a four-game suspension is incorrect.
— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) November 9, 2019
Ohio State is set to play Rutgers this upcoming week. The Buckeyes are 50-point favorites in that one, so they likely wouldn’t miss Young.
Penn State and Michigan await at the end of November, however, and getting Young back for those games is important.