State Department expects star defensive end Chase Young to be given a four-game suspension for accepting a loan from a family friend, sources told ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit.
The Buckeyes are hoping that Young's appeal to the NCAA will result in a reduction in the number of games, sources said.
The length of the suspension was tied to the financial value of the loan that Young said he took in 2018, a loan he said he has been paying off.
Sources at ESPN confirm that money from Young's loan was used to help her boyfriend fly to attend the Rose Bowl.
Athletic first reported the cause of Young's loan. appeal.
Young led FBS with 13.5 sacks and tied for second with 15.5 tackles for loss.
He tied Ohio State single-game records for sacks (four) and tackles for loss (five) with the Buckeyes & # 39; last game, a 38-7 win over Wisconsin on October 26. He needed a half-sack to tie Vernon Gholston's single-season team record in 2007.
Young, a native of Maryland, is coming out Saturday's game against the Terrapins. The Buckeyes' top three regular-season games are against Rutgers, Penn State and Michigan.
At 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, Young was considered a potential No. 1 pick in the next NFL draft of the spring if he decided to leave his final season of eligibility with the Buckeyes. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Young as No. 1 player available for the 2020 draft on his latest Big Board.