by Alex Poletti
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One of the most dominant players in college football this season, Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, was suspended after the NCAA received news that he accepted a loan from a family friend last year, violating the league’s policy of student-athletes having any money whatsoever to support themselves while college programs make billions off their play.
“This is a clear violation of our policy,” NCAA president Mark Emmert says. “Students know full well that they are not allowed to make any money, have decent living conditions or healthcare or in any way enjoy their time in college. For the sake of Mr. Young and Ohio State, we hope to resolve this issue swiftly.”
The details of the suspension are not completely public, but the Heisman contender released a statement on Twitter explaining his side of the story. The NCAA has yet to respond to his comments.
Many believe that this is one last hurrah for the NCAA to make the lives of student-athletes terrible before 2021, when students will be allowed to profit from their name, image and likeness.
“We really want to get our kicks in now,” chancellor of the NCAA Board of Governors representing CU Boulder in the Pac-12 conference Philip DiStefano says. “We kind of get off on seeing these kids suffer. So this is one final go at it.”
Young, a junior from Hyattsville, Maryland, has been one of the best players in college football this year. The 20-year-old leads the country in sacks with 13.5 and ranks second in forced fumbles with five. The phenom will not be able to add to his stat total against Maryland due to his suspension.
“We take pride in our students having amateur status,” Emmert continues. “For those of you who don’t know, being an amateur athlete is pretty damn shitty. They get no benefits, constantly risk injury, their long-term health; they also don’t spend as much time in class as the rest of their peers, meaning they already lag behind in the professional realm. It’s beautiful, really.”
The NCAA has announced that while the Ohio State Department of Athletics looks into the issue, the Board of Governors will push kids off swing sets and kick dirt in their faces for some momentary thrills.