Mark Dantonio, coach of Michigan State Spartans, speaks on Saturday, October 26, 2019, after losing to Penn State against the media.
Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press
EAST LANSING – Michigan State Football Joe Bachie, a senior linebacker and captain, was declared ineligible by the Big Ten for failing a drug test.
University, Bachie tested positive "for a substance that is classified as a performance-enhancing substance banned by the league. The MSU plans to appeal to the Big Ten immediately.
It is unclear whether the lock is perpetual, for the remainder of the season or for a certain number of games. News to officials of the Big Ten and MSU clarifying the conditions for suspension and the appointment parameters have not yet been returned.
"Joe Bachie has built himself into an all-Big Ten mid-line and a two-linebacker. Time Team captain due to his incredible work ethic and leadership qualities, "MSU coach Mark Dantonio said in a statement." This situation is breaking my heart, but I know that Joe is resilient and accountable. "No one feels worse than Joe, a feeling which he expressed when he spoke to the team earlier (Thursday).
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Bachie is a three-year-old Middle Linebacker starter at MSU, based out of Brook Park, Ohio, leading the Spartans with 71 tackles this season, losing 8.5 of them, and also having 3, 5 sacks, three QB rushes, four pass break-ups and one intercept, during his four-year career, Bachie launched 34 of his 40 games with 285 tackles, of which 27.5 were lost, along with eight satellites cks and five interceptions.
"Throughout my career, I've done my best to represent Michigan State in a positive way on and off the field," said Bachie in a statement. "I intend to appeal to all concerned, from my coaches to my teammates to the fans. I apologize for bringing her through this situation. I will always be a Spartan.
Joe Bachie, linebacker of the State of Michigan, before the Ohio State Game in Columbus, Ohio, October 5, 2019. (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)
Bachie, an All-Big Ten team newcomer last year and All-American in the preseason, is captain and second-year captain Quarterfinals of the Lott IMPACT Trophy Award. In the second season's mid-season, he was honored this autumn by The Associated Press, Athlon Sports and The Athletic.
"Joe does not define that as a player and, more importantly, as a man," said Dantonio. "He will graduate in December and has a bright future ahead of him, both on and off the field. As a program, we plan to appeal immediately and continue to support Joe as we can. He will be a Spartan forever.
The Spartans (4-4, 2-3 Big Ten) will be absent this week before returning to Illinois on November 9th.
The MSU has rarely taken Bachie off the field this season. Sophomore Noah Harvey was the second-ranked linebacker in the Spartans standings before losing 28-7 to Penn State on Saturday. Senior Tyriq Thompson, starter at Strong-Side Linebacker, did some of the mid-term calls during spring training and was able to play on demand. Redshirt freshman Ed Warriner is number 3 in the depth chart.
The Spartans, who need two more wins to qualify for the Bowl, must return to Michigan on November 16th and Rutgers on November 23rd. End the regular season against Maryland on November 30th.
It's the second eventful bye week for MSU in the last three weeks. The program had inducted three former reserve players into the NCAA transfer portal the week before Penn State's venue.
Bachie's Big Ten suspension is reminiscent of Dantonio's suspension of Max Bullough – also a two-time captain and midback linebacker – due to an unspecified injury a week before the Spartans defeat Stanford on January 1, 2014. In his statement On December 26, 2013, Dantonio said Bullough "will forever remain a Spartan and valued member of this team's accomplishments. "
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