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Spartans suspend Max Bullough for Rose Bowl

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If you’re looking for an unexpected and disappointing development to jumpstart your post-Christmas morning, here ya go.

Michigan State announced very, very early Thursday morning that linebacker Max Bullough has been suspended for the New Year’s Day Rose Bowl game against Stanford.  The two-time team captain will be sidelined for what would’ve been the final game of his collegiate career because of the standard violation of unspecified team rules.

Here’s the full text of head coach Mark Dantonio‘s statement announcing the punitive measure, in its entirety:

“Max Bullough has been suspended for the remainder of the season for a violation of team rules. 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.”

It goes without saying that this is a significant blow to the Spartans on the field… in the huddle… and in the locker room.

A three-year starter in the middle of one of the best defenses in the country, Bullough is viewed as the unquestioned leader on that side of the ball.  He’s currently third on the team in tackles and tackles for loss, and has been a first-team All-Big Ten selection this year and last.

On top of that, the senior’s also been named Academic All-Big Ten the past two seasons and a first-team Academic All-American in 2013.

So smart and yet so dumb, apparently.

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20 Responses to “Spartans suspend Max Bullough for Rose Bowl”
  1. 700levelvet says: Dec 26, 2013 3:20 AM

    It’s a shame he didn’t attend an SEC school… Where his suspension would have been a month without being able to listen to ” the night they drove ole Dixie down” ..

  2. janessa31888 says: Dec 26, 2013 7:01 AM

    Half of the headlines right now are guys getting suspended for bowl games. Is there an epidemic of stupidity going around? If its your last college game, wouldn’t you want to be on your best behavior?

  3. mrtreyseven says: Dec 26, 2013 8:16 AM

    great another sot at the SEC….must suck being a fan of whatever conference your team is in….when you cant find a way to beat someone its automatically assumed they are cheating…..no maybe they put in more time and effort during the grade years to become great athletes in college….stars are created not born it takes a specific coach to put you in the right system to flourish

  4. sparty0n says: Dec 26, 2013 9:40 AM

    Its great to have a coach that has standards and sticks to them. Dantonio is more than winning at all costs. His players love him. He talks all the time about shaping kids into men. Proof right here. The team would be better with Bullough on the field next week. But coach has set the rules and wont compromise.

  5. sparty0n says: Dec 26, 2013 9:43 AM

    If Bullough had gone to an SEC school, he could have had all of his books colored in by now, assuming he didn’t run out of crayons, and would have graduated early.

  6. gripless says: Dec 26, 2013 10:07 AM

    Great leadership and decision making from the coach.

    As aside note, crayons are only issued to the accelerated academic classes in the SEC!

  7. irishdodger says: Dec 26, 2013 10:39 AM

    Reports are that Bullogh took a dump off a balcony. Classy.

  8. lastdukestreetking says: Dec 26, 2013 10:49 AM

    @sparty0n – stealing Spurrier jokes now?

  9. sparty0n says: Dec 26, 2013 11:34 AM

    @lastdukestreetking that running joke is at least 15-20 years old, maybe older.

    I’d like to know who orginated it. May have been Spurrier when he was at Duke (maybe???). I know its at least that old. I’ve heard it used by several rivals over the years on may different schools.

    Still funny though….

  10. tttrojan4life says: Dec 26, 2013 11:46 AM

    What did he do? Will we ever know?

  11. uh1973 says: Dec 26, 2013 12:57 PM

    You folks have it all wrong. If he played for an SEC school he’d probably have to sit out for one play or perhaps the first series and then would enter the game. I’ve always loved those SEC suspensions. One or two series or maybe the first quarter and all is forgiven regardless of the infraction. Remember the Johnny Manziel suspension? My other favorites are sometimes when they selectively suspend a player for a game. Well, we’re playing LSU this week but he’ll sit out the Samford game or the San Houston State tilt.

  12. basebuck says: Dec 26, 2013 2:41 PM

    This is another example on just how dumb young people can be! 2 time captain, senior leader and playing last game of his college career in the freaking rose bowl and he gets in trouble! Coaching really seems like a fun job!!

  13. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 26, 2013 2:58 PM

    Yeah, everyone knows Dantonio has a Zero Tolerance policy. Hell, it’s still early by Coach D standards. Kid might still play. Liar.

  14. sparty0n says: Dec 26, 2013 3:52 PM

    @wisconsinhillfolk, no one said zero tolerance, ask Glenn Winston, who was given a second change, blew it and got kicked off the team. Winston is now at a D3 school.

    But, when the Spartans beat OSU, Wiston sent his old coach a txt of congrats. See Wiston respects Dantonio even though he was kicked off the team. Coach didn’t give up on him as a person, even when he kicked him off the team. He cares about these kids. Google Arthur Ray Jr and read that story. Dantonio kept the kid on scholarship, even with cancer.

    Coach D is pretty cool if you get to know more about him.

  15. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 26, 2013 5:52 PM

    I guess an accomplishment starved program like Michigan State would deify a coach who has done so little. When you really examine it more closely, he must be the greatest coach in the mediocre, also-ran history of your program. I mean, as far as we know, at least his guys aren’t juiced like the whole Perles team, right?

  16. sparty0n says: Dec 26, 2013 7:19 PM

    Yeah because all of the players drafted out of MSU during the Perles years had to stop the drugs once they got to the NFL – players like Andre Rison, Carl Banks, Mark Ingram, Lorenzo White, Courtney Hawkins, Jim Miller, etc….

    Sounds to me like someone is still bitter after 24 years…. time to let it go

  17. dkhhuey says: Dec 26, 2013 7:35 PM

    MAN I would NOT have wanted to be around Mark D when he found out about this… you know he was f@#$ing furious!!!

    Max – whatever you did – it wasn’t worth it son!!! You have completely let down your coaches, your teammates, and your university! It has been 26 years since MSU has been to the Rosebowl and you chose now to do something stupid… uff.

  18. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 26, 2013 8:57 PM

    I am a Wisconsin Badger fan. Over the course of 24 years, the Badgers went to 6 Rose Bowls and won 3. They produced a Heisman trophy winner and sent countless guys to the pros. In comparison to Michigan State’s “accomplishments” during the same period, what in the hell could I possibly be bitter about?

  19. wisconsinhillfolk says: Dec 26, 2013 9:32 PM

    Would you like to discuss what big brother has done over that same period?

  20. ps3988 says: Dec 30, 2013 12:13 PM

    @wisconsinhillfolk – care to discuss the only thing that really matters? National Championships? We can also talk that stat up in Bball (mens and womens), Hockey, or any other program you’d like.

    Sparty owns you.

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