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Michigan State linebacker Joe Bachie declared ineligible by the Big Ten

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Penn State receiver Saeed Blacknall (13) scores a touchdown on a 27-yard pass against Michigan State's Joe Bachie (35) and Khari Willis (27) as he is followed by Penn State's DaeSean Hamilton (5) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

Michigan State senior linebacker Joe Bachie has been declared ineligible by the Big Ten Conference. A random drug test by the Big Ten found that Bachie tested positive for a supplement that is considered a performance-enhancing substance banned by the league.

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.”

Michigan State will file an appeal with the Big Ten in regards to the test results.