Ohio State’s Young to miss 1 more game for NCAA vi­o­la­tion

The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS - AP Sports Writer

By Mitch Stacy

COLUM­BUS, OHIO (AP) >> Ohio State star de­fen­sive end Chase Young will be held out of one more game as pun­ish­ment for break­ing NCAA rules by ac­cept­ing a per­sonal loan.

The penalty was an­nounced by Ohio State in a state­ment Wed­nes­day. The school had sought im­me­di­ate re­in­state­ment from the NCAA.

The sit­u­a­tion worked out as well as it could for the sec­ond-ranked Buck­eyes. Young, a pre­sea­son Al­lAmer­i­can and the na­tion’s leader in sacks, was held of the 73-14 rout of Mary­land last week and will miss Satur­day’s game against 50-point un­der­dog Rut­gers.

He’ll re­turn for show­downs with No. 9 Penn State and No. 14 Michi­gan to end the reg­u­lar sea­son.

Ohio State an­nounced the day be­fore its game with Mary­land that Young would be held out amid con­cerns he vi­o­lated NCAA rules by tak­ing a loan last year from some­one he de­scribes as a “fam­ily friend” for liv­ing ex­penses.

Young ex­plained his “mis­take” in a tweet and said the loan had been paid back.

“This is the ex­am­ple of the cul­ture of com­pli­ance we have at Ohio State,” ath­let­ics direc­tor Gene Smith said Wed­nes­day.

“I also want to com­mend Chase Young and let him know how proud we are of him,” Smith said. “He took re­spon­si­bil­ity for his ac­tions, co­op­er­ated through­out the process and un­der­stood and ac­cepted that there would be con­se­quences.”

Smith said based on the cir­cum­stances of the loan, the NCAA “would use its lead­er­ship ca­pac­ity to take an un­der­stand­ing ap­proach on be­half of all stu­dent-ath­letes who find them­selves in a sim­i­lar po­si­tion, and it cer­tainly did just that.”

Young tweeted in re­sponse to the de­ci­sion on Wed­nes­day: “Ex­cited to be back on the field next week! Thank you Buck­eye Na­tion for all the love and sup­port.”

Young has been prac­tic­ing with the team all week and will con­tinue to do so.

“He’s ex­actly the way he was be­fore,” de­fen­sive tackle Davon Hamil­ton said Tues­day. “Ob­vi­ously, he’s go­ing through the sit­u­a­tion, and he just con­tin­ues to be him­self. We’ll sup­port him no mat­ter what.”

Young last played Oct. 26 against Wis­con­sin and had a per­for­mance that thrust him into the Heis­man Tro­phy con­ver­sa­tion. The ju­nior, a likely high first-round pick in next year’s NFL draft, had four sacks and two forced fum­bles in a blowout of the Badgers.

The sus­pen­sion has been the first hint of off-field trou­ble or any sig­nif­i­cant ad­ver­sity for the Buck­eyes, who are ranked No. 2 in the cur­rent play­off rank­ings in coach Ryan Day’s first sea­son in charge.

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