What Would Return of Reschke Mean For Spartans?

What Would Return of Reschke Mean For Spartans?

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What Would Return of Reschke Mean For Spartans?

Dantonio leaves the possible return of Jon Reschke up to the players themselves – and this may demonstrate more than anything else that all is more than well and good in the Spartan locker room.

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In recent days, Mark Dantonio has let it be known that a door is open for Jon Reschke.

Reschke’s departure from the Michigan State football program prior to Spring ball last year was one of what seemed like a mountain of issues related to team and program chemistry that needed to be addressed.

Thanks to last season’s remarkable 10-3 recovery campaign, Reschke’s controversial departure seems like another lifetime ago.

And, in a way, it was.

The entire calendar year of 2016 is one that all Spartans would rather forget than belabor but the troubles that plagued the program appear to have been addressed and, for the most part, solved.

Jon Reschke left the team not because of any criminal behavior or a desire for more playing time or an injury.

He left because it was obvious that he had behaved in a way that caused major strife, friction, and controversy in a locker room that desperately needed leadership and stability.

His “insensitive comments” that were, apparently, directed at a teammate came at a time when sensitivity – a word rarely associated with any football team – was needed and was sorely lacking.

And so, a little more than a year later, Jon Reschke wants to make a return to the team that he loved and was poised to become a star for.

What would his return do to a program that has worked so hard to re-establish the norms and foundational elements that made the Spartans a national power?

Are there players on the roster still who were directly involved in whatever incident led to Reschke leaving?  If so, are those players open to his return?  Has there been a reconciliation?  Has there been a show of support for Reschke?

The only people who know the answers to these questions are the members of the program.

But here’s the most encouraging sign that not only is there hope that there may be a place for Reschke with this team but that the ills that plagued this team may, indeed, be in the rearview mirror for good:

Dantonio has said he’s leaving it up to the players.

If team chemistry was so poor and there was a glaring lack of leadership and there were fractures across the team, would Dantonio publicly state that the return of a guy that was once a lightning rod of controversy is up to his players?

We all know that, on paper, the 2018 Spartans might be Dantonio’s most experienced, most motivated, and most talent-loaded team since he arrived in East Lansing.

Whether Reschke suits up for the Spartans in 2018 or not, Dantonio’s comments on his possible return say more about the positive nature of the all-important intangible elements of this team than anything else we’ve heard or seen so far this year.

We wish the best for Jon Reschke – and we wish the best for the players who hold the fate of his future in his hands.

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