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February 23, 2014

Sports in Brief: Bullough won't reveal cause of suspension

INDIANAPOLIS — Former Michigan State linebacker Max Bullough on Saturday refused to explain what led to his suspension prior to the Rose Bowl.

"That's a situation that I'm not discussing right now," he told the Detroit News at the NFL combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. "It's a personal issue, and I'm moving forward from it. I made a mistake.

"I let down my teammates, I let down my coaches, I let down my family, but right now I'm looking forward to the NFL."

Bullough, a two-time captain who started 40 straight games at middle linebacker, was suspended for a violation of team rules on Dec. 25 last year. In his first public appearance since the suspension, Bullough explained that he was devastated about missing the Rose Bowl.

"It was devastating that I wasn't going to be playing for it," he said. "When I went to Michigan State, I wanted to bring Michigan State to the top. That was my goal.

"I had very few individual goals — I obviously had some on the side, but I wanted to bring Michigan State back to the top. And knowing that I jeopardized that with all the momentum we had going into that game, that's what hurt the most."

While missing the game was upsetting, Bullough did participate in the celebration. He started training at Velocity Sports Performance in Irvine, Calif., a week before the Rose Bowl and went to the team hotel to celebrate and apologize to some teammates after the Spartans' 24-20 victory over Stanford.

Bullough said he watched the game at a restaurant with his parents, and although it was difficult to watch, he was proud of his teammates.

"The Rose Bowl wasn't about Max Bullough," he said. "The Rose Bowl wasn't even about this year. The Rose Bowl was about Michigan State, the program and the history behind it, and the tradition that we were trying to bring back.

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