The situation surrounding the mysterious loan Chase Young received -- and the suspension that is likely coming his way -- is now starting to clarify itself before our eyes.
Per Bruce Feldman of The Athletic, the standout Ohio State Buckeyes defensive end and top NFL Draft prospect apparently took the loan back in December of 2018 from a family friend so he could help pay to fly his girlfriend out to the Rose Bowl. He is understood to have repaid the loan in April of this year.
On the surface, it doesn't sound profoundly serious, but there are still questions about how aggressively the NCAA plans to dig into these issues, and that's not even mentioning the previous report that the family friend in question is actually an NFLPA-certified agent.
For the record, Young personally denied that the person in question was an agent or a booster of any kind.
Young has been an absolute monster this year for the Scarlet and Gray. He's racked up 13.5 sacks in just eight games this year and has forced a ridiculous five fumbles, more than double his total from his previous two seasons combined.
It would truly be a shame if the NCAA came down as hard on Young as some early reports have suggested they will. All they'd be doing is depriving fans of amazing feats of athleticism and the Buckeyes of a potential run at a national title.
Hopefully, this all gets resolved quickly and Young can get back to focusing on football rather than the NCAA's overbearing, nonsensical rules.