Chase Young of the Ohio State Buckeyes appears on against the Northwestern Wildcats in Ryan Field on October 18, 2019 in Evanston, Illinois.
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Ohio State’s star defensive end, a favorite for the NFL’s No. 1 draft pick next year, has been suspended from this week’s forthcoming game for accepting a loan from a family friend last year — in violation of NCAA rules.
“Ohio State’s Chase Young will not play in this Saturday’s game between the Buckeyes and the Maryland Terrapins due to a possible NCAA issue from 2018 that the Department of Athletics is looking into,” Ohio State’s Associate Athletics Director Jerry Emig said in a statement to CNBC. The suspension is for one game only, but the university is unsure whether it will be extended, he said.
Young’s representative Tim Nevius, a former NCAA investigator, on Twitter that Young accepted the cash from a “close family friend to cover basic life expenses.” He predicted the NCAA rules “unfair and outdated,” and states that the loan has been repaid months ago.
Neither Young nor Nevius responded to requests for comment made to Nevius’ office. The size of the loan was not disclosed.
In late September, the association sent a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom opposing his “Fair Pay to Play Act,” a bill that would allow student athletes to gain off their likeness. Last month, after mounting pressure, the NCAA announced it would “embrace change” by taking the initial actions to permit student athletes to gain off their name, picture and likeness. The new rules don’t go into affect until January 2021.
Under NCAA guidelines, college athletes are permitted to accept student scholarships and loans to cover expenses. The institution doesn’t currently allow students to gain off their name and likeness.
The NCAA declined to comment on the analysis, referring questions to Ohio State, which is conducting the investigation.