In 1978, Ohio State Coach Woody Hayes was fired after punching a player of the opposing team. In 2011, Ohio State Coach Jim Tressel resigned amid an NCAA investigation into rules violations.
In the end, that was the legacy of the two of the most “winning” coaches in OSU history.
Now Michigan State has announced a bombshell: all-star senior linebacker Max Bullough has been suspended for the Rose Bowl on Wednesday against Stanford for violating team rules. Bullough’s father and grandfather played football for Michigan State. (The reason for the suspension was not specified, but it was the last game of his college football career).
Stanford was going to beat Michigan State anyway, but this is another example of the premiere Big 10 schools eschewing what we like think of as “Midwest values.” Good for the Spartan coach, though, for drawing a line. In fairness, we should be told what team rules the linebacker violated.
Still, this kind of drama is a real contrast to football programs such as Stanford’s — something you think about as a parent, not just a college football fan.