On New Year's Day Michigan State will look to follow up its Big Ten title with a victory in the Rose Bowl, but it will be doing so without one of the key members of its defense. Michigan State announced on Wednesday that linebacker Max Bullough has been suspended for the game.
“Max Bullough has been suspended for the remainder of the season for a violation of team rules," said Mark Dantonio in a release. "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.”
Of course, as Dantonio alludes to in the statement, this also means the senior linebacker's career at Michigan State is over as well.
Bullough, one of the leaders of the nation's top ranked defense finishes the season with 76 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 10 passes defended and a forced fumble.