Ohio State said Friday morning that star defensive end Chase Young would miss Saturday’s game against Maryland.
The athletic department said in a statement that Young won’t play “due to a possible NCAA issue from 2018 that the Department of Athletics is looking into.” No other specifics were given by the school, no was a timeline for a resolution to the situation.
Young has been the dominant defensive player of the 2019 college football season. He has 15.5 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks in eight games this season and was the best player on the field in No. 1 Ohio State’s 38-7 home win over No. 13 Wisconsin in October.
If what Ohio State is investigating is actually an NCAA violation, Young’s eligibility since the time of the infraction would be in question, meaning he could have been playing the 2019 season as an ineligible player. That could have ramifications for Ohio State’s official statistics and records.
The Buckeyes play Rutgers after Maryland before the schedule gets wild for the final two games of the season. OSU plays No. 4 Penn State at home on Nov. 23 before traveling to Ann Arbor to play No. 14 Michigan in the regular-season finale on Nov. 30.