Michigan State LB Jon Reschke Returns to Team After Racial Remark About Teammate

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistJuly 24, 2018

EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 19: Jon Reschke #33 of the Michigan State Spartans during the game against the Air Force Falcons at Spartan Stadium on September 19, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)
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After leaving the team last year for making "an insensitive and totally regrettable comment" about a former teammate, linebacker Jon Reschke could once again be wearing a Michigan State Spartans uniform in 2018.

Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio announced at Big Ten Media Day on Tuesday that Reschke is working his way back on the roster. The decision was left up to the players.

Isaiah Hole of Wolverines Wire provided footage of Dantonio's comments:

Isaiah Hole @isaiahhole

More Mark Dantonio on Jon Reschke: “We have great chemistry on our football team. I can’t allow anything in there that would create a division.” https://t.co/4Wg3bP6OVX

"I talked to our football team and our players and said, 'Hey, if you guys want him back, then you have to bring him back,'" Dantonio said, via ESPN's Adam Rittenberg. "It has to be a decision made by our African American players, led by them, and they have to support that."

"All indications from our players are they do want him in camp."

Reschke expressed his regret while taking responsibility for his actions back in February 2017, via Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press:

Chris Solari @chrissolari

Here is the statement from LB Jon Reschke on leaving MSU. https://t.co/SCIa2D0CJN

Dantonio mentioned the possibility of Reschke returning earlier this year. With the team's forgiveness, the 23-year-old has reportedly participated in the Spartans' offseason conditioning program. Now, it appears as though he will get another chance to wear the green and white.

Reschke had intended to transfer after deciding to leave Michigan State, but his plans changed as a knee injury kept him out of action last year. The NCAA, per Rittenberg, has granted him a medical waiver that will give him a sixth year of eligibility, as his injuries have limited him to just two games since 2016.

Reschke started all 14 games as a sophomore during the 2015 season, piling up 75 tackles and two sacks. He was an honorable mention for the All-Big Ten squad while being named the team's most improved player.