TRAVERSE CITY — The run of Bulloughs at Michigan State will be a little longer.
Not that it comes as a big surprise, but Traverse City St. Francis junior linebacker Byron Bullough verbally committed Thursday to play for the Spartans in 2014.
His two olders brother Max and Riley are currently linebackers at MSU, and his father, grandfather and uncle all donned the green and white.
"It's definitely a factor in my decision, because I've been around Michigan State my entire life," Byron Bullough said. "But if my last name wasn't even Bullough, I know I would still go to Michigan State because I feel that it's a great university and the football program has very good things coming in the very near future."
The offer from MSU head coach Mark Dantonio came on Wednesday.
"I was down at practice and coach Dantonio offered me during the practice," Byron said. "That was obviously very exciting. I've been thinking about it my entire life, and I knew I was going to Michigan State. I called him up (Thursday) and told him that my decision was that I was going to be a Spartan."
Bullough joins wide receiver Drake Harris as the only Spartan commitments for 2014 thus far for Dantonio.
"We were talking a little bit and then in the middle of the conversation he told me that they were trying to wait until the Boise State game to offer me," Byron Bullough said, "but since I was already at practice, they talked about it at as a staff and they were going to offer me. That was a very special moment for me."
Like every year, Bullough went to Michigan State's camp in June.
"They've watched my sophomore film and seen me go to camps there all throughout my life and they liked everything they've seen from me," he said. "They know about my family and our work ethic. They said I can bring great things to the table there at Michigan State."
He said Dantonio wanted him to play linebacker at Michigan State — the position of choice for the family. At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, he still has time to add some bulk to get up to a more prototypical college linebacker size.
"I still have two years of high school left," Bullough said, "so I should definitely be ready to go by the time I move down there."
Bullough's Gladiators are coming off an 11-2 season that saw TCSF advance to the Division 7 semifinals and win the Lake Michigan Conference in their final year in the league. The Glads open the season Aug. 24 against Kingsley at Rodes Field.
"I think we have a great chance this year," Bullough said. "Playing at St. Francis, we always have high expectations and great tradition. We're working really hard right now. We've got some players injured, but we're pushing through it and trying to work forward. The first game against Kingsley, we're really looking froward to it."
TRAVERSE CITY — The run of Bulloughs at Michigan State will be a little longer.
Chemics overpower Trojans
Traverse City Central’s girls basketball season tipped off Tuesday with a 69-32 loss to Midland.Continued ...
Reports: Tigers close to signing Texas reliever Joe Nathan
Finding a closer was a top concern for the Detroit Tigers this off-season.Continued ...
TC Central AD to leave for MHSAA
Cody Inglis called it "an opportunity of a lifetime."Continued ...
Girls Basketball Roundup: Frankfort tops Elk Rapids
Frankfort outscored Elk Rapids by 10 in the third quarter to overcome a 29-28 halftime deficit and go on to a 57-40 victory. (Plus more)Continued ...
Ski Report: 12/04/2013
Michigan ski report for Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013:Continued ...
Today in Sports: 12/04/2013
What's happening in sports across the region and the country:Continued ...
- Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Young Gladiators reach title game
Traverse City St. Francis tipped off the season with not only a tournament victory, but an unusually early league contest as well.Continued ...
Bullough repeats as all-league selection
The Michigan State defense led the Big Ten in virtually every category this season and that was reflected Monday on the all-league football teams selected by the coaches and media.Continued ...
Placek, Hicks and Yaakoby are honored
Traverse City West’s Katie Placek, Boyne City’s Kylie Hicks and Leland’s Noa Yaakoby were each named to their respective division’s all-state first team in selections announced by the state volleyball coaches association.Continued ...
Girls Basketball Roundup: Forest Area beats TC Christian
Forest Area led from start to finish, opening the girls basketball season with a 35-20 victory over Traverse City Christian. (Plus more)Continued ...
Midwest Junior Hockey League Standings: 12/03/2013
Midwest Junior Hockey League Standings as of Dec. 2, 2013:Continued ...
Bowling Scores: 12/03/2013
Top scores from Lucky Jack's bowling leagues this week:Continued ...
- Monday, December 2, 2013
Girls Basketball: St. Francis wins season opener (with video)
The St. Francis Gladiators started the 2013-14 season with a 47-23 win over Harbor Springs tonight in the Katie Heintz Keep Believing Tip-off Tournament.Continued ...
Monday's Sports Scoreboard
Due to technical problems, Sunday's scoreboard was publsihed in the 12/02/13 paper.Continued ...
Wolves to switch leagues
The Traverse City Wolves will have a completely new set of opponents this season.Continued ...
- Sunday, December 1, 2013
Prep Hockey Roundup: Lake Orion tops Central to win tourney
Lake Orion scored an overtime power-play goal to win the Traverse City West Thanksgiving Tournament 4-3 over Traverse City Central. (Plus more)Continued ...
AAU hoop tryouts set for Dec. 15
Northern Exposure will be holding AAU basketball tryouts on Dec. 15 for players in grades 4-7.Continued ...
- Saturday, November 30, 2013
Prep Hockey: Traverse City Central to vie for title
TRAVERSE CITY -- Not bad for a varsity debut. Sophomore Parker Hebden netted three second-period goals Friday night as Traverse City Central hung on for a 6-4 win over Warren De La Salle in the opener of the Traverse City West Thanksgiving Hockey TouContinued ...
- Friday, November 29, 2013
Swan Valley RB Grace is Player of Year
Individual records don’t mean much to Saginaw Swan Valley junior running back Alex Grace, but rushing for a Michigan High School Athletic Association single-season record 2,952 yards in 2013 was important to him.Continued ...
Fishing Report: 11/29/2013
LANSING -- Not much to report this week as winter has hit full force. The inland lakes are starting to ice up however there is no safe ice yet. Boardman River: Steelhead are still around for those seeking trout. Betsie River: Has good steelhead fishiContinued ...
Dotterrer wins Turkey Trot race in Traverse City
TRAVERSE CITY -- By the time Kyle Dotterrer crossed the finish line at Thursday's Turkey Trot he had a slight accumulation of snow across his entire body. But not even the snowy, slippery and cold conditions could slow down Dotterrer too much. Nor coContinued ...
Bob Gwizdz: Custom river boat boat perfect for steelhead fishing
ALLEGAN -- Miles Hanley is a bass fisherman and, as you night guess, spends a lot of time in a bass boat. But when autumn arrives -- and the steelhead begin heading upstream -- Hanley is glad to switch gears and target the rainbows. The bass boat isContinued ...
Turkey Trot 5K results Traverse City 2013
5K AGE GROUP RESULTS FEMALE AGE GROUP: 20 - 29 103. Anna Ward Traverse City 45:21 104. Courtney Russell Traverse City 45:25 105. Jackie Krigbaum WausauWI 45:30 106. Jackie Pishney Kingsley 46:05 107. Lindsey Rogers Traverse City 46:27 108. Brigette MContinued ...
Midwest Junior Hockey League standings: 11/29/2013
MWJHL Team GP W L OTL SOL PTS TC Hounds 19 14 3 0 2 30 Soo Firehawks 17 11 6 0 0 22 Detroit Fight. Irish 18 10 7 0 1 21 Alpena Street Cats 15 9 6 0 0 18 Blmington Jr Blaze 18 7 10 1 0 15 Michigan Ice Dogs 19 5 13 1Continued ...
- Thursday, November 28, 2013
2013 All-Big North Conference Boys Soccer Team
Prep soccer All-Big North Conference Team for the 2013 season:Continued ...
- Chemics overpower Trojans