Michigan State University senior linebacker Joe Bachie has been declared ineligible by the Big Ten Conference.
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 Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio
The two-year starting middle linebacker tested positive for a supplement that 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. 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.Statement from Joe Bachie
An appeal will be filed with the Big Ten regarding the testing.
According to the NCAA website, these are the drugs banned by the NCAA:
The NCAA bans drugs by class, along with any substance chemically/pharmacologically related to those classes. The banned drug classes are: anabolic agents; stimulants; alcohol and beta blockers (for rifle only); masking agents such as diuretics; narcotics; cannabinoids; peptide hormones, growth factors, related substances and mimetics; hormone and metabolic modulators (anti-estrogens); and beta-2 agonists.NCAA.org
Bachie was one of six players in the Mark Dantonio era to be named a captain twice.
2019 was Bachie’s third season as a starter and lead the Spartans with 214 career tackles. The 6-foot-2, 231 pound senior from Brook Park, Ohio was named first-team preseason All-American by the Associated Press and CBS Sports. He received multiple awards since high school and ranked among the top overall players in college by multiple sports authorities.