The headline might be the most shocking of the Big Ten season, and it's devastating to Michigan State fans waking up after Christmas.
MSU's team plane touched down Wednesday night in Los Angeles as the team begins its final preparations for its first Rose Bowl appearance in 26 seasons. But the Spartans will be without starting middle linebacker and two-time captain Max Bullough, who has been suspended for the game for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Spartans coach Mark Dantonio announced the suspension shortly after midnight ET, calling it "extremely disappointing for all parties involved." Bullough didn't travel with the team to California.
"Max will forever remain a Spartan and valued member in this team's achievements," Dantonio said in a prepared statement.
Details are scarce at this point, and we'll have updates on the story as it develops.
Bullough was arrested in 2011 after an incident at a Colorado bar alongside former Spartans tight end Brian Linthicum, but he since has had no known off-field issues. He's a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection and a third-team All-America selection who led the nation's No. 1 defense this year. He's a third-generation Spartan whose grandfather, Hank, played on Michigan State's first Rose Bowl team in 1953. This is an awful way for his career to end.
Just a complete shocker, and an ominous start to MSU's week in California.
More to come ...