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Spartans suspend Max Bullough before Rose Bowl
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The MSU Spartans just announced they will play in the Rose Bowl without their captain.
Senior linebacker Max Bullough has been suspended for the rest of the season, making him ineligible to play in the big game.
MSU's head coach Mark Dantonio dropped that bombshell late Wednesday night, leaving Spartan fans everywhere scratching their heads.
The details of Bullough's suspension are vague at best.
Coach Dantonio released this official statement: "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."
The senior linebacker is a two-time team captain and was named to the All-America third team and the All-Big Ten first team.
He is also a third generation Spartan football player. In fact, his grandfather was recently inducted into the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame.
An initial search of arrest records did not reveal any recent bookings for Bullough.
However, he was arrested two years ago with a former teammate in Colorado for drinking underage and running from police.
In a press conference last week, Bullough talked about how excited he was to play in the Rose Bowl: "Just going to the Rose Bowl is a life-changing thing. Having that experience, having done all the things it takes to get there, it's a life changing event. Like I said, we want to win the game and we want to leave the season on a positive note."
The number four ranked Spartan football team arrived in Los Angeles Wednesday night. It's not known if Bullough is with them.
Next week's game marks the first Rose Bowl appearance for MSU in 25 years.
Newschannel 3 will continue to follow this developing story and bring you any updates.