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Ohio State's Chase Young to Return from Suspension vs. Penn State on Nov. 23

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorNovember 13, 2019

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 26:  Quarterback Jack Coan #17 of the Wisconsin Badgers is sacked in the second quarter by Chase Young #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Ohio State defensive end Chase Young is eligible to return from suspension after the team's Nov. 16 game against Rutgers, per Tom Withers of the Associated Press:

Tom Withers @twithersAP

From Ohio State: NCAA has concluded its review of reinstatement request for student-athlete Chase Young, and it has determined that Young should be withheld from playing in one additional game before being eligible to resume competition. He'll miss Rutgers, return.

That means Young will be eligible for the huge Nov. 23 matchup against Penn State.

Young has enjoyed a historic season for the 9-0 Buckeyes, the No. 2 team in the nation, racking up 13.5 sacks and five forced fumbles.

He even had an outside shot at breaking ex-Arizona State linebacker (and current Arizona Cardinals linebacker) Terrell Suggs' official Division I-FBS single-season sack record of 24.

Ohio State benched the talented edge-rusher, however, for the team's Nov. 9 game against Maryland. The Associated Press provided more information:

"The surprising move was disclosed in the team's status report and depth chart for Saturday's game. Ohio State said only that Young was being held out because of a 'possible NCAA issue from last year' the athletic department is 'looking into.' The school did not elaborate or say how long he might be out."

Young then revealed on Twitter that he accepted a loan from a family friend in 2018. He also said that he has paid back the debt in full.

Bruce Feldman of The Athletic provided some hopeful news, however, with two notable tweets:

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Bruce Feldman @BruceFeldmanCFB

Speaking to an NCAA compliance expert on the Chase Young situation: “If it is a loan he repaid and can prove it--one game suspension might be enough.” #OhioState

Bruce Feldman @BruceFeldmanCFB

A source close to Chase Young tells me the “family friend” who loaned him the money is not an agent or a booster. #OhioState https://t.co/6dSYEi61Kv

Young also received overwhelming support on Twitter from numerous analysts, including Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman and ESPN's Mike Greenberg:

mike freeman @mikefreemanNFL

The Big Ten has a $2.6 billion contract to broadcast its games on Fox and ESPN. But sure, let’s make sure we punish Chase Young for taking a goddamn loan from a friend. College athletics is a scam. People who back this system should be ashamed of themselves.

Mike Greenberg @Espngreeny

If a person receives a loan from a family friend that should be no one’s business but the lender and lendee. If indeed that is all the issue for Chase Young the idea of suspending him is insulting and ridiculous. #OhioState #NCAA

Ultimately, Young will miss two games in total.

Matt Miller of Bleacher Report ranks Young first on his 2020 NFL draft big board, and the same goes for CBS Sports, Jonah Tuls of The Draft Network and many others.

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