ESPN College basketball analyst Dick Vitale thinks Ohio State's chief of staff, Chase Young, has been treated unfairly by the NFA after being forced to play after receiving "family friend" money last year.
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The state of Ohio has announced an indefinite suspension for Young because the athletic department is investigating the "possible NFAA problem of 2018." According to Young, his ineligibility stems from a loan he received from a family friend last summer who paid him.
Young has become one of the best players in college football this season and has a strong interest in the Heisman Trophy, despite being a defensive player. His 13.5 sacks lead the nation, one sack since setting a new Buckeye season record. He has more solutions in 2019 behind the nail-biting line than he does outside of that.
While Young is not a player "Scarlett and Gray could absolutely not afford to lose – that title goes to Justin Shields quarter" according to Bucknut analyst Patrick Murphy, he is certainly close to a second. Speaking to the College Playoff College rankings on Tuesday, committee chairman Rob Mullens cited Young's dominance to justify Ohio's highest ranking.
Young issued an official statement following Friday's news.
"Unfortunately, I'm not going to play this week because of the NCAA eligibility issue," Young wrote in a note posted on social media. "I made a mistake last year by accepting a family friend loan I have known since the summer before my first year at OSU. I returned completely last summer and worked with the University and NFAA to get back on the field as soon as possible. I thank my family, teammates, coaches, and the entire Ohio State community for all the support. God bless me and let's go with Bucks! "
The defensive end recorded 29 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks, five forced fumbles and one assist in eight appearances this season. Young is half a sack away from the one-season 14-season sack set by Vernon Goldston in 2007.
Here is the official statement of the OSU: "Chase Young, Ohio State will not play Saturday's game between Buckeye and Maryland Therapies due to a possible NFAA 2018 issue under consideration by the Athletics Department."
Midwives no. 1 (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) are favored with 44 points against the visiting Therapies (3-6, 1-5) on Saturday (noon ET; FOX). The subject of national attention for the entire season, Young is currently in the Top 5 with the hope of becoming the first defensive player to win the Charles Woodson Award.
Bucknuts247 analyst Pat Murphy contributed to this story.