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Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Alamo Bowl becoming Suspension Bowl

By Jeff Caplan


Wow, this is not what Alamo Bowl organizers had in mind. Michigan State will play Texas Tech Saturday night at the Alamodome, but who won't be there is a bigger story than who will.

The Spartans will leave behind 13 suspended players -- two have been kicked off the team entirely -- the result of a fracas between football players and frat boys, never a good idea. And it's not like Michigan State suspended a bunch of scrubs. The suspensions include starting wide receivers B.J. Cunningham and Mark Dell, and starting cornerback Chris L. Rucker.

Of course, the Red Raiders will be without head coach and offensive mastermind Mike Leach, who was accused of mistreating a player, Adam James, son of ESPN college football analyst Craig James, after he sustained a concussion. Tech suspended Leach indefinitely. Defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill will call the shots in the Alamo City.