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“Oh shit.” – Every Spartan Fan
Max Bullough did something, very recently, and he was suspended for the final game of his career, which just so happened to be the Rose Bowl against Stanford.
“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.”
Bullough is MSU’s All-Big Ten middle linebacker, and he has been calling the defensive plays for the past three years, so the Spartans are now facing a serious void in on-field leadership as well as talent. I’m no analyst, so if you bleed green and white and want to know how this will affect the outcome of the Rose Bowl, the best answer I can give you is: negatively. The big question now is what Bullough did. Coach Mark Dantonio and the rest of the people in Michigan State’s athletic department aren’t saying anything.
So far a myriad of potential actions that could possibly explain the suspension have been posited on message boards, but first the facts:
-December 17th – In Mark Dantonio’s weekly press-conference, neither Dantonio or Bullough gave any indication that Max was suspended.
-Monday, 10:36 AM – The latest tweet from Max Bullough:
@ABurb16 happy birthday thug
— Max Bullough (@Bullough40) December 23, 2013
-Monday, around 4pm – Larry Caper II, one of Bullough’s teammates, tweeted out:
“So, @Bullough40 is making me nervous! Answer the phone pretty please.”
The tweet has since been deleted.
-Yesterday – Max Bullough does not board the plane to Pasadena.
-Today, early morning – A news release was sent out saying that Bullough was suspended.
When the news release came across the wire many speculated that Max may have been arrested for an OWI, but that has never really been Bullough’s style. The linebacker (supposedly) cleaned up his act back in 2011 after Max and another teammate were arrested over spring break in Aspen, Colorado for getting into an altercation at a bar. A search of Traverse City court records shows nothing involving Bullough.
Other people quite stupidly suggested that Bullough had not made grades, and was academically ineligible, but those people are wrong, and again, stupid. Bullough is an academic all-american.
The popular rumor right now is that Max Bullough tested positive for “something worse than weed,” but hopefully that that isn’t the case.
Whatever it was, this isn’t good for Sparty.
[via CBS Sports]