Reschke transferring from Michigan State after 'regrettable' comment

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Michigan State linebacker Jon Reschke is transferring from the program after making an "insensitive and totally regrettable comment involving a former teammate" during an argument several weeks ago.

Reschke addressed his departure in this statement Friday:

Over a month ago, in an argument and a brief moment of anger, I lost control of my emotions and made an insensitive and totally regrettable comment involving a former teammate. In so doing, I have hurt and offended countless number of people, and for that, I am deeply sorry. If I could take my comment back, I would do so in a second.

I have addressed my teammates and coaches and while many understand my actions were totally uncharacteristic of who I am, the hurt still lingers. Therefore, after discussions with coach (Mark) Dantonio and other members of the staff, we have mutually decided that I will complete my degree and seek the opportunity of a graduate transfer for my final year of football.

To the entire Spartan Nation, to all of my teammates past and present, to coach Dantonio and the entire coaching staff, to all the trainers, managers and administrators - I offer my sincere apology and I thank you for the greatest four years of my life. I will always cherish the friendships, the memories and the journey. There is no doubt in my mind that the Spartan Dawgs will rise up and again return to being one of the strongest programs in college football.

Forever Go Green, God Bless.

Reschke played just twice in 2016 due to injuries, but compiled 75 tackles and two sacks during a strong 2015 campaign. The Spartans were counting on a bounce-back season from Reschke next year, as they look to replace graduated star Riley Bullough.

The Sterling Heights, Mich., native will obtain his degree before transferring, meaning he'll be eligible to play immediately for another program. Reschke could receive a medical redshirt for the 2016 season, which would give him two years to play elsewhere.

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