Cut to the Chase: NCAA model totally absurd

Cut to the Chase: NCAA model totally absurd

The nation’s No. 1 team (per the College Football Playoff selection committee) will be without its No. 1 player (per NFL scouts) on Saturday, a self-inflicted wound to college football that could morph into something even bigger. 

Ohio State defensive end Chase Young is college football’s best player. And now he can’t play. (AP)

Ohio State has to hope that if Young or his family took any so-called “impermissible benefits” that they weren’t significant enough to merit a lengthy suspension that would effectively end his career. 

The Buckeyes have been brilliant this year, so brilliant that they are a true national title contenders despite hailing from the North. 

Ohio State’s 2014 team won the national title, but other than that, teams from the Midwest (Michigan State in 2015, Ohio State in 2016 and Notre Dame in 2018) have been wiped out by Southern competition (Alabama and Clemson) by a combined score of 99-3.

This team has the chance to change that. It looks legit. 

The next two games don’t matter much for Ohio State. The Buckeyes should be able to dispatch hapless Big Ten expansion programs Maryland and Rutgers without Young (or even breaking a sweat). 

Then comes a series of nationally relevant and exciting games in which the sport is built upon. Penn State in the Horseshoe. At Michigan. Perhaps the Big Ten championship game. Perhaps one or two playoff games.

A two-game suspension wouldn’t matter. Three or more would. A complete loss for the season would be terrible.

The details must still emerge, but at first glance the whole thing seems pointless. Young is worth millions, not just to the NFL but to college football. If something of value was accepted, it pales in comparison to Young’s open market value. 

If the NCAA could cut him in on sales of his No. 2 jersey in the Ohio State bookstore, would a little extra cash matter? If he could star in a television commercial for a Columbus-area car dealer, would an agent seem so appealing? Would the world end if he made a few bucks?

It wouldn’t be worse than seeing a star have to sit due to some antiquated concept of amateurism.

That isn’t to excuse Young. The current rules are the current rules, so if he broke them then he broke them. Again, we’ll see. 

At this point, the specifics are unknown. Ohio State is investigating. It has to. And it has to sit Young, because knowingly playing a potentially ineligible player could cause future forfeitures and blow up the entire season — the Buckeyes are still good without him. 

Under NCAA rules, coaches can still coach during NCAA investigations. Players can’t. That’s just one additional inequity that needs to go. 

College sports are changing. It won’t be smooth and it won’t be easy, but then again, the current structure seems infuriating. 

The best player on the best team is out. 

That doesn’t seem like a positive for anyone other than the poor guy who was going to have to block Chase Young.

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