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Spartans suspend Max Bullough for Rose Bowl

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.