The NCAA has ruled that Ohio State defensive end Chase Young must sit out for two games, meaning that he will miss Saturday's kickoff against Rutgers and then will return against Penn State.
The suspension is for an NCAA violation that Young described as his accepting of a loan from a family friend, which he repaid last summer.
He was already held out of the Buckeyes 73-14 over Maryland.
"Nobody flinched," said head coach Ryan Day. "I think they all wanted to show that this is a team, this is a defense, and this is a defensive line unit who is more than just one person."
"They played with an edge and something to prove, and any time our guys come out with something to prove, you know, we're dangerous."
Ohio State decided against appealing the two-game suspension for Young, who is one sack shy of setting the OSU single-season record (14) currently held by Vernon Gholston.
“I appreciate the expediency to which the NCAA reviewed and responded to our request for reinstatement,” Buckeye athletics director Gene Smith said. “I also want to commend Chase Young and let him know how proud we are of him. He took responsibility for his actions, cooperated throughout the process and understood and accepted that there would be consequences. He’s a team captain and a leader and most importantly, a Buckeye. He wanted nothing more than an opportunity to play again and we’re pleased that he’ll get that chance.”
Smith will make additional comments at 5:30 p.m.
Ohio State will play Rutgers in Piscataway, New Jersey this Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Update: We have added Smith's comments from Wednesday night.