Chase Young will miss the Ohio State match Saturday against Maryland, while the school's sports department looks into a question of eligibility for the junior defensive lineman. Young revealed that the eligibility issue related to a loan he had received from a "family friend" that he had met in the summer before his first year at Ohio State. Young states that he has repaid the loan in full.
Although Young reported taking money from a "family friend", Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk said on Twitter that he had heard that this friend was also a certified agent by the NFLPA.
I hear that "the friend of the family" who has made a loan to Chase Young is also an NFLPA certified agent. Which, if that was true, could possibly cause more problems to the agent than to Young.
– ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) November 8, 2019
NCAA rules prevent players from accepting money from agents. That's why the Buckeyes stay away from the defensive star. The question is whether Young accepted money from a legitimate friend or an agent seeking to bribe him. Their determination may influence punishment in this area.
Joel Klatt, of FS1, later stated that the friend was not an agent. The precedent for punishment in a situation similar to Young's tends to be a 1-2 game suspension. Denzil Ware of Kentucky was suspended for a match in 2017 for something similar, although it was a petanque game and he was then transferred to a FCS school.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix of Bama received (and reimbursed) a $ 500 loan from Corey Harris, assistant strength and conditioning coach. He was suspended two games in 2013.
Denzil Ware, of Kentucky, received a loan of $ 1,628 from an agent in 2017 and was suspended a match. https://t.co/u4na89e0RC
– Josh Poloha (@JorshP) November 8, 2019
Even a two-game suspension would not seem too problematic for Ohio State. They will face Maryland and Rutgers – two games they should not win without Young – before ending the season against Penn State and Michigan, where they would definitely want stud.