Mark Dantonio says he's letting team decide whether Jon Reschke is welcome back at MSU
A year-and-a-half ago, Jon Reschke planned to leave Michigan State’s football program after making an insensitive and inappropriate comment. He wasn’t expected to play another game in a Spartan uniform.
But over the past few months, Reschke has come a bit closer to returning to the team and having a chance to sport the green and white again. He’s spent time around the program, been in the locker room and is even considered a member of the roster. But at B1G Media Days, head coach Mark Dantonio gave no guarantees that the linebacker would be on the sidelines when the season arrived.
Dantonio said he’s ultimately letting the team decide whether or not Reschke will be a member of the Spartans’ football program moving forward.
“It’ll be a decision made by our African American players, led by them,” Dantonio said on Tuesday.
“He’s asked for forgiveness,” Dantonio continued. “Our football team has forgiven him, I think. We’ve watched to see how he’s interacted w players. It’s been a step by step process.”
Since making the insensitive remarks, Reschke lost his scholarship and was not a member of the team in 2017. Dantonio confirmed that Reschke will not have his scholarship reinstated, even if he is permitted to rejoin the team.
“He paid the ultimate price by being out of football for a year,” Dantonio said.
While it sounds like Reschke might be making progress with his teammates and might even be rejoining the program this season, Dantonio said nothing is guaranteed and it will be a story to keep an eye on moving forward.