staff, December 26, 2013

Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough has been suspended for the rest of the season, which includes the Rose Bowl, according to Michigan State. Bullough, a senior who played 53 games for the Spartans,  is also a team captain.

Here is the full statement from Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio:

?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."

[ MORE: Tom Dienhart calls Bullough's suspension "shocking"]

The Spartans face No. 5 Stanford in Michigan State's first Rose Bowl appearance since 1988. Bullough is a two-time first-team All-Big Ten player who was also a third-team AP All-American this season. Bullough is a two-time team captain with 76 tackles in 2013 and 299 career tackles.

[ MORE: Bullough's full bio at | Full AP story ]

Here's an interview with Bullough right after Michigan State beat Ohio State in the Big Ten title game.