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Michigan State LB, Brook Park native Joe Bachie declared ineligible after positive drug test

The senior plans to appeal the suspension.
Credit: Al Goldis/AP
FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2019, file photo, Michigan State linebacker Joe Bachie walks off the field following an NCAA college football game against Indiana in East Lansing, Mich. Bachie has been declared ineligible by the Big Ten after testing positive for a banned supplement. The school says it will appeal.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — (AP) Michigan State linebacker Joe Bachie has been declared ineligible by the Big Ten after testing positive for a banned supplement.

The school said Thursday it will appeal. Bachie made the second team on the AP's list of midseason All-Americans. The senior has 36 tackles and 35 assists this season, along with 3 ½ sacks.

The Spartans have an open date this week. They host Illinois on Nov. 9.

Coach Mark Dantonio said in a statement that the situation breaks his heart, and that "no one feels worse than Joe does."

Bachie says he plans to appeal, and he apologized for putting coaches, teammates and fans through this.

A native of Brook Park, the 21-year-old Bachie graduated from Berea-Midpark High School in 2016 and earned All-Ohio honors during his senior year with the Titans football team.

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