Max Bullough, The Michigan State football party was coming up on three straight weeks, a rollicking celebration of the Spartans’ first Rose Bowl in 26 years – and then the needle screeched off the record, leaving a team and its supporters in stunned silence.
MSU players found out senior linebacker and captain Max Bullough is suspended for the Rose Bowl on Wednesday, as the team flew to California without him. They talked at a Thursday news gathering at Disneyland of moving forward and getting ready for Stanford, but that’s what they were supposed to say.
There’s still no word on why Bullough was suspended. Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said senior Kyler Elsworth and sophomore Darien Harris are splitting first-team reps at middle linebacker in practice. Elsworth said he talked to Bullough, who told him to stay focused on the game.
“It’s been pretty tough,” Elsworth admitted. “It’s only one day in, but I talked to Max and he said he doesn’t want us to dwell on that. He wants us to focus on our job here at the Rose Bowl.”
MSU gave no further word Thursday on why Bullough was suspended. He has been the face of the program, an All-American and Academic All-American who is part of the only three-generation family in program history.