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Michigan State suspends LB Max Bullough for Rose Bowl

9:27 AM, Dec 26, 2013   |    comments
Michigan State Spartans linebacker Max Bullough calls a timeout against the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium. (Photo: Reese Strickland, USA TODAY Sport)
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Just after midnight, the Michigan State football team announced a bombshell.

Coach Mark Dantonio announced that senior linebacker Max Bullough has been suspended for the Rose Bowl on Wednesday against Stanford for violating team rules.

In a statement, Dantonio said "it is extremely disappointing for all parties involved" and that the team will "close ranks" in preparation for MSU's first Rose Bowl since 1988.

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"Max will forever remain a Spartan and a valued member in this team's achievements."

Bullough, a two-time team captain and named to the All-America third team and All-Big Ten first team, had 76 tackles, 9.5 for loss, this season.

The Spartans traveled to California by air Wednesday night as several players announced via Twitter they successfully landed.

Back in 2011, Bullough and then-senior tight end Brian Linthicum were arrested after a disturbance at a bar in Aspen, Colo. Bullough, then 19, was charged with a misdemenor of a minor in possession of alcohol and got nine months of probation.

The Bullough family has a long history with Michigan State. Max's grandfather, Hank, and father, Shane, both played at MSU. Max's younger brother, Riley, is a redshirt freshman on this year's squad.

Kirkland Crawford also writes for the Detroit Free Press.

Kirkland Crawford, USA TODAY Sports

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