COLUMBUS, Ohio – No. 3 Ohio State announced Friday it will not play star defensive end Chase Young against Maryland today amid concerns he violated NCAA rules by taking a loan last year from someone he describes as a family friend.
The move was disclosed in the team's status report and depth chart for today'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, however, took to Twitter a short time later.
“I made a mistake last year by accepting a loan from a family friend I've known since the summer before my freshman year at OSU,” he wrote on his verified Twitter account Friday morning. “I repaid it in full last summer and I'm working with the University and NCAA to get back on the field as soon as possible.”
Tim Nevius, an attorney and former NCAA investigator, confirmed he is working with Young. He tweeted that Young “took a small loan from a close family friend last year to cover basic life expenses. Loan was repaid months ago and we're working to restore his eligibility.”
Young, a 6-foot-5, 265-poiund junior from Hyattsville, Maryland, leads the nation in sacks with 13.5 after a dominant performance two weeks ago against Wisconsin. He was a preseason Associated Press All-American and is projected to be one of the first players taken in next year's NFL draft.
Later Friday, the feel-good season for No. 14 Memphis plunged into uncertainty after the school said second-year coach and former NBA star Penny Hardaway gave more than $11,000 to the family of top prospect James Wiseman, who got a court order allowing him to play while the university tries to restore his eligibility in the eyes of the NCAA.
Memphis issued an extraordinary statement less than an hour before the Tigers played Illinois-Chicago at home, saying Wiseman was going to be kept out of games based on interpretation of a rule by the NCAA until the temporary restraining order obtained by Wiseman's attorney Leslie Ballin late Friday afternoon.
“The University is currently working with the NCAA staff to restore his playing status, and we are hopeful for a speedy resolution to the matter,” the statement said.
The 7-foot-1 Wiseman was introduced with the starting lineup Friday.
“Particularly given the unique circumstances in this case, we are hopeful for a fair and equitable resolution on James' eligibility,” Memphis President M. David Rudd said in the statement. “We support James' right to challenge the NCAA ruling on this matter.”
Wiseman is the potential No. 1 pick in the NBA draft next June.