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Dantonio: Jon Reschke is on MSU roster, but is in “step by step” process

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The linebacker is in the process of rejoining MSU after leaving the team before 2017 season following controversy.

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Michigan State Spartans head football coach Mark Dantonio took to the podium at 9:30 a.m. EST on Tuesday in Chicago for part of the Big Ten Media Days event in Chicago. One of the pressing questions Dantonio addressed was about linebacker Jon Reschke.

Reschke left the team in February 2017 after making “insensitive and totally regrettable” comments. The comments were reportedly racially motivated, a sentiment seemingly confirmed Tuesday by Dantonio.

Dantonio said that Reschke is on the roster, but his standing within the program is in a “step-by-step” process right now.

As Chris Solari’s above tweet notes, it is not yet known if Reschke will be participating in camp or not. Dantonio also noted that it is up to the players if they want Reschke involved, and most importantly, that the African-American players on team have to support the decision.

We also know that Reschke has been involved throughout the offseason program, and has been conditioning with the team. He is not on scholarship and he won’t have an opportunity to earn one.

Reschke’s initial plan was to transfer to another school for his final year of eligibility. However, he was dealing with a knee injury and never made it onto another school’s roster. The linebacker missed the majority of the 2016 season with an ankle injury, and would require NCAA approval for a medical waiver and sixth year of eligibility in order to play in 2018.