Star Ohio State defensive end Chase Young was suspended for Saturday’s game against Maryland. That looked like fortuitous timing for the Terps, so much so that some people began to speculate as to whether it was a bit too fortuitous.
Young’s suspension stems from a loan he received from a family friend. Young is a native of Maryland and played football at DeMatha Catholic High School. The fact that a loan he received from a family friend suddenly became public right in time for the game against Young's hometown Terps did not seem like a coincidence. It also showed Ohio State's thorough dismantling of Maryland in a new light. Kicking an onside kick in the first quarter and rolling 70 points up on Maryland suddenly seemed to make sense. This game was personal.
You see where this is going, right? Some people began to connect the dots, including FOX Sports announcers Joel Klatt and Gus Johnson who were calling the game, and began speculating that someone involved with the Terps leaked the news of Young’s loan in order to make him ineligible for the Maryland game. This was personal for Ohio State.
Young’s former high school coach, Elijah Brooks, is now the running backs coach for the Terps. He took to Twitter on Tuesday to dispel rumors that he or anyone at Maryland was involved in leaking the information to the NCAA.
Maryland played Ohio State closely last season, but in reality, the Buckeyes did not need Young to beat the Terps and that is not hindsight talking.
Had anyone from Maryland actually leaked info of the loan, it would have been embarrassingly petty and pointless. The Terps were never going to win that game.
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