That was almost certainly the one-word phrase uttered by Spartan fans everywhere when they woke this morning to find that Michigan State senior linebacker Max Bullough has been suspended from the 100th Rose Bowl.
The news broke early Thursday morning (eastern time) with the team having arrived in Pasadena hours before. It was then released by the team that Bullough violated team rules and did not make the trip with the team.
“It is extremely disappointing for all parties involved,” MSU head football coach Mark Dantonio said in the statement released by the team.
It’s extremely shocking news to Spartan fans everywhere, as Bullough, the unquestioned leader of the Michigan State defense, lead the No. 4 Spartans (12-1) to a Big Ten Championship this season and their first Rose Bowl since 1988 where they are set to take on the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal (11-2) on New Years day.
It is unknown what exactly Bullough did to lead to his suspension that will end his college career but one would have to think it’s something big to lead to something like this. And according to something called FERPA, we may never know what led to Bullough’s suspension.
Throughout his career at Michigan State, Bullough has been part of the winningest class in Spartan history with 41 wins, has become the senior captain of the defense, All-B1G player, Academic All-American, and has started 40 consecutive games.
“Max will forever remain a Spartan and valued member in this team’s achievements,” Dantonio went on to say in the statement.
Once again, it’s just a shocking end to a brilliant career at Michigan State, one that’s part of a long line of Bullough’s to play for the Spartans, including Max’s brother, Riley, a redshirt freshman on the team, and Max’s grandfather, Hank, who started at guard for the 1954 Rose Bowl Champion Spartans.
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