Michigan State Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio confirmed the news on Saturday following his team’s shutout victory over Rutgers: Joe Bachie’s career as a Spartan is officially over.
Bachie’s appeal was denied after the senior tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in late October. According to Dantonio, he heard that decision about a week and a half ago.
Mark Dantonio says LB Joe Bachie’s appeal was denied after testing positive for a performance enhancing supplement banned by the Big Ten. That ends the Spartans’ 2-year captain’s career.
— Jason Lewis (@JasonLewis_TV) November 23, 2019
NCAA rules dictate that a player guilty of performance enhancing drugs forfeits one full year of eligibility and also earns a ban from competition for 365 days from the date of the test.
He finished with 71 tackles, including 8.5 for loss and 3.5 sacks. Overall, Bachie started 34 of his 40 games and recorded 285 tackles, with 27.5 for loss, eight sacks and five interceptions.