The NCAA must have finally come to their senses, because they reduced the rumored draconian penalty against Ohio State defensive end Chase Young.
The Buckeye superstar and future Top 5 pick was initially expected to be suspended four games for taking out a loan, which he eventually paid back, in order to buy Rose Bowl tickets for his friends and family. According to ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit, the penalty has been reduced to two games, which is now final. He will miss Ohio State's matchup against Rutgers, but will play against Michigan and Penn State in the final two regular season games.
Young, who leads the country in sacks with 13.5, was in contention to become the second defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy, but his two-game sabbatical might ruin his chances.
Still, the Buckeyes will get their lightning quick and freakishly strong defensive end back for their two big rivalry games, which is a win for both Ohio State and anyone who wants to fight the tyranny of the NCAA.
Ohio State's defense will have the single-most dominant defensive lineman we've seen in a decade back for their games against their two biggest rivals. How convenient.