Fourth-ranked Michigan State will be without one of its most important players when it takes on fifth-ranked Stanford in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.
As the Spartans landed in Los Angeles Wednesday night, news trickled out that starting middle linebacker and two-time captain Max Bullough has been suspended for the game for an unspecified violation of team rules.
MSU coach Mark Dantonio announced the news late Wednesday night.
“It is extremely disappointing for all parties involved,” Dantonio said in a statement. “We will stay focused and close ranks as we prepare for Stanford on January 1 in the Rose Bowl.”
Bullough, a first team All-Big Ten and third team All-America selection, registered 76 tackles and 9.5 tackles for loss this season.
“Max will forever remain a Spartan and a valued member in this team’s achievements,” Dantonio said.
Bullough, a senior, will finish his career with 299 tackles. He had made 40 consecutive starts for the Spartans.
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