MSU LB Joe Bachie Declared Ineligible By The Big Ten Conference

An appeal will be filed immediately with the Big Ten regarding the testing.

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October 31, 2019 - 3:27 pm

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Michigan State senior linebacker Joe Bachie has been declared ineligible by the Big Ten Conference. In random drug testing conducted by the Big Ten, Bachie tested positive for a supplement that is classified as a performance-enhancing substance banned by the league. An appeal will be filed immediately with the Big Ten regarding the testing.

 

Statement from Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio:

“Joe Bachie has built himself into an All-Big Ten middle linebacker and two-time team captain through his incredible work ethic and leadership skills. This situation breaks my heart, but I know Joe is resilient and accountable. No one feels worse than Joe does, a sentiment he expressed when he spoke to the team earlier today. This does not define Joe as a player, and more importantly, as a man. He will graduate in December and has a very bright future ahead of him, both on and off the field. As a program, we plan to appeal immediately, and will continue to support Joe however we can. He will forever be a Spartan.”

 

Statement from Joe Bachie:

“All my career I’ve done my very best to represent Michigan State in a positive manner on and off the field. I plan to appeal, but to all of those affected, from my coaches to my teammates and to the fans, I apologize for putting them through this situation. I will always be a Spartan.”