Coach Mark Dantonio isn’t saying much, only that Bullough violated team rules.
Speculation is swirling about why Michigan State's star football player, Max Bullough will not play in the Rose Bowl. Coach Mark Dantonio made the announcement late Christmas night, after arriving in California without his senior captain. Dantonio issued a statement, that says Bullough has been suspended from the team.
Just before his last game at Spartan Stadium, Bullough clutched a bouquet of white roses. Nearly a month later, and just days before an historic Rose Bowl game, the Spartan’s star defensive linebacker is off the team.
Coach Mark Dantonio isn’t saying much, only that Bullough violated team rules. Fans are left wondering what happened. During lunch hour at the Spartan Hall of Fame Cafe, the Bullough suspension was talk among the Poff family. Doug Poff says, “It's too bad that he's not playing. He was the leader of the family, I don't know what happened, but I think it was a let down." Dan Poff agrees, "Obviously, he did something bad enough that Dantonio said that, allright, this is beyond anything that we can do and I credit Dantonio you know, for standing up for his beliefs. He's always been a good coach like that for Michigan State."
Bullough comes from a family rooted in Spartan football. His father Shane, and grandfather Hank both played for the team. His brother Riley is a red shirt freshman. Earlier this month, Tim Staudt caught up with Hank Bullough, who says his grandson is a hard worker who pushes himself to be the very best. Said Bullough, “He probably gets more responsibility as a middle linebacker who of course Michigan State has to answer to that, the coaching staff here, but he probably gets more responsibility than any other linebacker I’ve seen."
The two time captain, leader, and star player now leaves the team with a big void. Adds Doug Poff, “I’m hoping somebody will step up and fill his shoes, it will be probably very difficult but I hope they can do it."