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Report: Maryland not behind tipping off NCAA about Ohio State DE Chase Young’s loan

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Late in No. 2 Ohio State’s 73-14 romp over Maryland last Saturday, the Fox broadcast crew appeared to insinuate that the Buckeyes were running up the score a bit (even with second- and third-string backups in) in part because they believed that the Terps, or someone affiliated with the program, had tipped off the NCAA about star defensive end Chase Young’s controversial loan from a family friend. The comments were far from the only ones, particularly on social media and the dark corners of message boards, to suggest the same.

While we learned Wednesday afternoon that the Heisman Trophy candidate was being reinstated just in time for OSU’s upcoming showdown with division rival Penn State, the rumors of who actually made this an issue still haven’t surfaced. That said, we might have an idea who it isn’t and that would be the team that the Buckeyes just played.

Per AL.com’s John Talty, the Terrapins were not the ones behind turning in Young and that they’ve even made sure that message has been conveyed to AD Gene Smith and others in Columbus:

Much of the speculation surrounding UMD being the tipster was on Young’s former high school head coach Elijah Brooks, who is now part of Mike Locksley’s staff and also made clear in a Twitter statement late Tuesday that he was not behind the rumors.

There’s two sides of the coin to this story as a result from the way we look it. Obviously it looks like Maryland isn’t the source of Young’s NCAA troubles like many had speculated but it also kind of makes clear that the Terps football team is just that much worse in retrospect given the way the game played out on Saturday if Ohio State knew that somebody else was responsible for turning the potential No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft in. We’re sure Brooks’ statement is part of the damage control that Locksley and others are undertaking to make sure they don’t get labeled as snitches in this case but based on the score line in the two programs’ meeting at the Horseshoe, it looks like the damage has already been done either way.

The real winner in all of this though? Heck it might be Rutgers, who doesn’t have to worry about sending three guys to block Young during their upcoming meeting as the defensive end will sit out another week before returning against the Nittany Lions.

UPDATE:

Ohio State AD Gene Smith confirmed in a press conference on Wednesday that neither Maryland, Penn State nor any other Big Ten school was responsible for the accusations being sent to the NCAA:

Chase Young to continue practicing with team as Ohio State awaits resolution on NCAA issue

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When it comes to the Chase Young situation at Ohio State, the football program is still in wait-and-see mode.

Top-ranked Ohio State confirmed last Friday morning that star defensive end Chase Young would not be playing in this Saturday’s game against Maryland.  Per the school, Young will be sidelined for the foreseeable future “due to a possible NCAA issue from 2018 that the Department of Athletics is looking into.”  On his personal Twitter account, Young acknowledged he had “made a mistake last year by accepting a loan from a family friend” that he “repaid… in full last summer.” It was subsequently reported that the loan was used to pay for airfare for Young’s family — or, more specifically, his girlfriend — so they could see him play in January’s Rose Bowl against Washington.

On ESPN‘s College GameDay a day later, Kirk Herbstreit, a former Buckeyes quarterback, stated that, because of the amount of money involved, Young will be slotted for a four-game suspension.  The university will appeal that initial number and it’s expected that the suspension will be knocked down to “two games, maybe three games,” Herbstreit stated, adding, “it won’t stay at four.”

In the three days since, there’s been no update on Young’s status as OSU prepares for this weekend’s in-season conference scrimmage against Rutgers.  During his press conference Tuesday, Ryan Day indicated that there is no new information on Young’s availability moving forward.  Per the head coach, the lineman will continue to practice with his Buckeyes teammates as if he will play against the Scarlet Knights in Piscataway Saturday, even as there is no guarantee he will.

Aside from individual statistics, Young’s availability for Rutgers is inconsequential.  With back-to-back games against No. 4 (for now) Penn State and No. 14 Michigan after RU, though, Young being on the field will be of the utmost importance for playing-minded Ohio State.

As part of Herbstreit’s Saturday report, the college football analyst stated that “OSU expects to hear an answer from the NCAA on the appeal next week.” It should be noted that OSU has pushed back against the accuracy of Herbstreit’s report, specifically that the four-game suspension angle.

Despite missing this past weekend’s game, a blowout win over the Terps, Young still leads the nation in sacks (13½) and sacks per game (1.69).  The junior, widely expected be one of the first players selected in the 2020 NFL Draft if he does the expected and foregoes his remaining eligibility, is also third nationally in tackles per loss per game (1.9).

Justin Fields, Chase Young-less Ohio State woodshed Maryland

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Top-ranked Ohio State’s “other” Heisman contender made sure the absence of OSU’s main stiff-armed contender wasn’t felt.  At all.

With standout defensive end Chase Young sidelined for the first of at least two games (probably) because of an NCAA issue, Justin Fields, as he has all season long, more than picked up the slack on the offensive side of the ball as the sophomore quarterback passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as OSU romped over, around and through overmatched Maryland 73-14 in The Horseshoe.  The Buckeyes headed into the halftime locker room with a 42-0 lead and, with backups as far as the eye could see, cruised the remainder of the contest.

Fields now has 37 touchdowns responsible for on the season.  He came into Week 11 tied for first nationally with LSU’s Joe Burrow (30 passing, three rushing) in that category.

In just two quarters of work — backup Chris Chugunov opened the second half as the starter under center — Fields completed 16-of-25 passes for 200 yards, the three touchdowns and zero interceptions.

Also playing just the first half, J.K. Dobbins led all players through the first two quarters with 90 yards rushing and a pair of touchdowns on the ground.  Master Teague, though, finished with a game-high 111 yards as OSU’s offense as a whole put up a whopping 705 total.

Defensively, the Silver Bullets continued to do what they’ve done all season long, albeit without the best player on that side of the ball in the country.  Since allowing 21 points to Florida Atlantic in the season opener, OSU has given up a combined 56 points in eight games.  The Terrapins also managed just 138 yards of offense.  Total.  For the entire game.

With Maryland taken care of, unbeaten Ohio State will turn most of its attention to next Saturday’s in-season conference scrimmage against Rutgers in Piscataway.  At least some of the attention, though, will be on Young’s situation and whether he’ll be available for the Week 13 clash with No. 4 (for now) Penn State and, the following weekend, rival and 14th-ranked Michigan.

Kirk Herbstreit: Chase Young suspended four games; Ohio State feels it’ll be reduced to 2-3 games on appeal

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There are yet another couple of updates to the biggest storyline in college football heading into Week 11.

Top-ranked Ohio State confirmed Friday morning that star defensive end and rising Heisman Trophy contender Chase Young will not play in this Saturday’s game against Maryland.  Per the school, Young will be sidelined for the foreseeable future “due to a possible NCAA issue from 2018 that the Department of Athletics is looking into.”

On his personal Twitter account, Young acknowledged he had “made a mistake last year by accepting a loan from a family friend” that he “repaid… in full last summer.” It was subsequently reported that the loan was used to pay for airfare for Young’s family so they could see him play in January’s Rose Bowl against Washington.

On ESPN‘s College GameDay show a short time ago, Kirk Herbstreit, a former Buckeyes quarterback, stated that, because of the amount of money involved, Young will be slotted for a four-game suspension.  The university will appeal that initial number and it’s expected that the suspension will be knocked down to “two games, maybe three games,” Herbstreit stated, adding, “it won’t stay at four.”

OSU expects to hear an answer from the NCAA on the appeal next week.

After this weekend’s game, OSU travels to Piscataway to face woebegone Rutgers before hosting No. 5 Penn State and making the trek to Ann Arbor for a road game against hated rival and 14th-ranked Michigan in back-to-back weeks.  The length of the suspension will, obviously, have an effect on OSU’s postseason plans as a two-game suspension would have him back for that huge two-game stretch while a three- or four-game suspension would have him missing both.

Overnight, yet another development surfaced as The Athletic‘s Bruce Feldman reported that it was Young’s girlfriend, not family, for whom money was borrowed to fly out to the Rose Bowl.  As have others, Feldman also reported that the loan came from an individual who was neither an agent nor a booster.

“That would be significant in the NCAA’s eyes as it begins to sort all of this out,” Feldman wrote.

Chase Young says loan from family friend behind NCAA issue

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UPDATED 10:57 a.m. ET: In a tweet posted to his Twitter account, Chase Young‘s lawyer, Tim Nevius, confirmed that the issue arose from a “small loan from a close family friend” his client accepted that got the Ohio State defensive end into some NCAA tepid water, adding that “we’re working to restore eligibility.”

The lawyer also got a shot in at The Association, writing that “[u]nfair and outdated @NCAA rules punish athletes for making ends meet while enriching everyone else.”

On that front, he’s 100-percent correct.

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Now we know a little bit more about what’s quickly morphed into the biggest story in college football.

Ohio State confirmed earlier Friday that star defensive end and rising Heisman Trophy contender Chase Young will not play in this Saturday’s game against Maryland.  Per the school, Young will be sidelined for the foreseeable future “due to a possible NCAA issue from 2018 that the Department of Athletics is looking into.”

A short time ago, the player himself took to Twitter to shed some light on what most around the program will be a very brief suspension.

If that is indeed all there is to the issue, kudos to the already-under-fire NCAA for stepping all over their junk.  Again.

Young’s 13½ sacks currently lead the nation, while he’s tied for second in tackles for loss with 15½.  The preseason All-American is one sack away from setting the school’s single-season record.

The lineman won’t be missed for this weekend’s game against Maryland, or even the following game against woebegone Rutgers.  His availability for the Nov. 23 game against Penn State, however, will be of the utmost importance for OSU’s College Football Playoff hopes.

A junior, Young is widely expected to forego his remaining season of eligibility and make himself available for the 2020 NFL Draft, where he’s projected to be one of the first players selected.