Chase Young Facing Indefinite Suspension

Ohio State star Chase Young is facing an indefinite suspension, as first reported by Austin Ward of Lettermen Row. The Heisman Trophy candidate’s collegiate career could be over, which means that he can turn his attention to preparing for the 2020 NFL Draft, where he’s expected to be a Top 3 selection.

The school did not disclose details, but Young gave some clarity on his situation in a statement on Friday morning:

Unfortunately, I won’t be playing this week because of an NCAA eligibility issue. I made a mistake last year by accepting a loan from a family friend I’ve know 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!”

However, the “family friend” that Young referenced in his statement is actually an NFLPA-certified agent, as Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports. That obviously casts this story into an entirely different light, though as Florio notes, this development could ultimately be more problematic for the agent than for Young.

Young, listed at 6’5″ and 265 pounds, has been on an absolute tear this season with 13.5 sacks and 29 total tackles through eight games. He’s met – or exceeded – every expectation after a breakout 2018 sophomore campaign with 10.5 sacks and major plays against some of the school’s biggest rivals.

If the season ended today, the Bengals would have the first crack at Young, followed by the Redskins, Jets, Dolphins, and Falcons. It’s unclear whether Young’s draft stock will fall because of his decision to accept a loan from an agent, though that seems unlikely.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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24 comments on “Chase Young Facing Indefinite Suspension

  1. afsooner02

    a “loan” from a family friend that you met the summer before you went to Ohio st huh?

    in other words, some guy that gave you a ton of cash to go to tosu.

  2. TJECK109

    A “family friend” he’s known since his freshman year at OSU. That’s such a long time to know someone. Wonder if there were any other loans

  3. The Ghost of Bobby Bonilla

    And the money to pay back this “loan” came from…..

    We all know that he was paid through some intermediary to go to OSU. And we all know it happens at other places too.

    NCAA is a joke – just disband it and move on and start calling these guys what they are – minor league athletes who have no business even getting accepted to a university.

  4. DarkSide830

    whether or not someone payed to get him in, this is proof that every time one of these schemes get busted, its always the college kid that suffers, while the person who paid and the college probably have the money to hire good lawyers to get off scott free. let the man stay.

    • BuckarooBanzai

      He was paid by a Booster to attend OSU.

      If I were good enough to get any offers I would’ve taken it too; seriously.

      When I started OU in ‘84, the lifestyles of the big name players was insane. There’s no way they could’ve afforded those condos, cars, etc

      … and the steroid testing was a joke: it was more of a source of revenue for the students who sold their clean fluids

  5. phenomenalajs

    Separate from the discussion on his future, is the Heisman now the equivalent for an NCAA FBS “Player of the Year” or is it still an offensive player award? I believe the Outland Trophy is for defensive linemen.

  6. crosseyedlemon

    “If the season ended today, the Bengals would have the first crack at Young…”

    I know this is an unintended pun but it still made he laugh. Perhaps Young would prefer a different drug.

  7. Dorothy_Mantooth

    It’s such a shame that the NCAA has complete control over these kids lives who make millions (or billions) for these institutions, yet they are not even allowed to have a job while on scholarship. A lot of these kids literally have NOTHING when they show up on campus, and they are expected to live on 3 free meals a day? While everyone can argue they are getting a free education, (which is worth a LOT of money), most of the really talented players will not complete their degrees and will move onto the pro’s as soon as they are eligible. So why not allow these kids to earn some money while in school, either by allowing them to work or allowing them to get endorsement deals. It would take 90%+ of the shadiness out of college sports and weaken the NCAA’s indentured servitude model it currently rules with an iron fist. The NCAA is the real problem here, not these ‘student’ athletes they take advantage of.

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