As the NCAA explores whether and to what extent Ohio State defensive end Chase Young violated rules that strictly prohibit players from getting any money at a time when they collectively generate billions for the Machine, more details are emerging regarding the circumstances of the loan. ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit reported on Saturday that Young could be away from the Buckeyes for up to four games, but an appeal could knock it down.
Bruce Feldman of TheAthletic.com reports that the loan came in December 2018 from a family friend, so that Young could fly his girlfriend to California for the Rose Bowl.
Ohio State fan LeBron James spoke out about Young's situation on Twitter and blasted the NCAA.
Young, who has since repaid that loan, leads all of FBS with 13.5 sacks, and had even jumped into the Heisman Trophy conversation. No. 1 Ohio State plays No. 4 Penn State in two weeks, so the length of the suspension is critical.
News broke Thursday that Young would miss today's game against Maryland as the school works with the NCAA to determine his eligibility.
Ohio State's next four opponents are all Big Ten rivals: Maryland, Rutgers, No. 5 Penn State and No. 14 MI.
At 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, Young is considered a potential No. 1 pick in next spring's National Football League draft if he decides to forgo his final season of eligibility with the Buckeyes. If Young decides to enter the 2020 NFL Draft, he could end up being taken as the number one pick.