Young has 13.5 sacks this season - just one-half sack shy of Ohio State's single-season record.
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith on Wednesday addressed the two-game suspension of defensive end Chase Young, who missed last week's game against Maryland and will sit out Saturday's game at Rutgers before regaining his eligibility for Penn State.
Young, who leads the team with 13.5 sacks, is eligible to return for Ohio State's game against Penn State on November 23.
That was a violation of NCAA rules. The Buckeyes had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.570 vs. 0.369) and had a better offensive rebounding percentage (27.8 vs. 24.4). He served the first game of the suspension against Maryland and will finish it during Ohio State's game against Rutgers this weekend. Young was able to document the fact that he had repaid the loan, and was therefore only forced to sit out two games. He later said he "made a mistake" of accepting a loan from a family friend to fly his girlfriend out to the Buckeyes' 2019 Rose Bowl Game against Washington. ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit wrote Wednesday that Young's "honesty and OSU being forthcoming helped immensely", but college football fans will be hardpressed to not speculate about the convenience of how this all played out, considering Young will be back for Penn State and MI after missing OSU's easiest games of the year. Young explained his "mistake" in a tweet and said the loan had been paid back earlier this year.
Young has been practicing with the team all week and will continue to do so.
Smith declined to comment on who reported the violation but did say it was not another Big Ten school.
Ohio State submitted its report on Tuesday and the NCAA came back with the decision today.
Smith added that the type of person Young is, and the fact he's never been in trouble in the past, also aided his cause.
The No. 16 Buckeyes (2-0) are greeting the No. 10 Wildcats (1-0) at Value City Arena in Columbus, Ohio, and whichever crew comes away with a conquest will certainly bolster its non-conference resume in preparation for March Madness down the line.