At the annual Rose Bowl press conference at Disneyland, Mark Dantonio and the Spartan players “closed ranks” and held to the company line. ”No Comment” on Max Bullough suspension.
We’re gonna stand by our issue, guys. I’m not gonna talk about that anymore. We’re gonna move on.” said Mark Dantonio.
Sorry coach it’s not quite that simple.
Dantonio didn’t suspend a back-up special teamer, he suspended arguably the most recognizable face of the program on the eve of the program biggest game in recent history.
An Academic and Athletic All-American and one of the ready for print story lines of the Rose Bowl. Dantonio understands that this story will not go away until it is resolved, doesn’t he?
During the press conference, Dantonio also commented on the “void” left in the defense with Bullough out of the line-up.
Simply put, there’s a void. There’s a void left and you move forward. You close ranks.”
But there is another kind of void the Spartans Head Coach needs to be aware of.
The void in media coverage.
The Bullough story will dominate media coverage until more details are given. The extra media attention given to the Max Bullough suspension will certainly serve as a distraction to players and coaches who will be hounded all week for information on the suspension.
Athletic Director Mark Hollis said it is “critical” that the program rewards its players for their efforts this season. If Hollis is serious about this directive he should explain the Bullough suspension. No matter how embarrassing it may be to the Bullough family.