Max Bullough, Michigan State's senior linebacker, has been suspended for the rest of the season – meaning the team's upcoming game against Stanford in the Rose Bowl – for violating team rules.
Spartan's head coach Mark Dantonio made the announcement Wednesday, however would not specify what Bullough did to warrant the suspension.
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"Max Bullough has been suspended for the remainder of the season for a violation of team rules," Dantonio added. "It is extremely disappointing for all parties involved. We will stay focused and close ranks as we prepare for Stanford on January 1 in the Rose Bowl. Max will forever remain a Spartan and valued member in this team's achievements."
"We will have no further comment on this issue," Dantonio added.
Bullough, who's had 76 tackles, 9.5 for loss, this season, is a two-time team captain and was named to the All-America third team and All-Big Ten first team, according to USA Today.
The No. 4 Spartans will play No. 5 Stanford in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 in Pasadena, Calif. It is Michigan State's seventh straight bowl game and first appearance in the Rose Bowl in 26 seasons, the Associated Press reported
USA Today reported that back in 2011, Bullough was arrested
along with then-senior tight end Brian Linthicum for their involvement in an Aspen, Colo., bar disturbance. Being a 19-year-old at the time, Bullough was charged with a misdemeanor for being a minor in possession of alcohol. He got nine months of probation.
Bullough reportedly has deep family roots with the Michigan State Spartans team, with both his grandfather Max and father Hank playing on the team as well as his younger brother Riley being a member of the team's redshirt squad.
Bullough did not react to the issue, however in an interview with Detroit News last week
, he discussed what it meant to him to be able to play in the upcoming Rose Bowl.
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"It’s been everything we thought it was going to be and more," Bullough said. "It’s been a crazy experience and to be able to do it with the guys we did it with, the team we have, struggles we had early on, and then come back from that and come back in the game, it’s been a season of a lot of ups and downs and it’s been fun. Like I said, we need to finish the Rose Bowl the way we’ve played all year to make it a positive ending."
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