Michigan State linebacker Joe Bachie ineligible after failing drug test
EAST LANSING (AP) — Michigan State linebacker Joe Bachie was declared ineligible Thursday by the Big Ten after testing positive for a banned supplement.
The school said it will appeal. Bachie, a senior with 36 tackles and with 3 1/2 sacks, made the second team on the AP’s list of midseason All-Americans.
Michigan State’s announcement did not identify the supplement Bachie tested positive for, saying only that it “is classified as a performance-enhancing substance banned by the league.”
“All my career I’ve done my very best to represent Michigan State in a positive manner on and off the field,” Bachie said in a statement. “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 has an open date this week. The Spartans host Illinois on Nov. 9.