February 21, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Fowler: Suspended Max Bullough celebrated Rose Bowl win with Michigan State at hotel

Max Bullough is scheduled to meet with the media at the NFL combine in Indianapolis on Saturday. (Dale G. Young)

Indianapolis — Michigan State overcame the suspension of linebacker and captain Max Bullough to win the Rose Bowl in January, and despite his standing with the program, Bullough was in Pasadena, Calif., to celebrate with his teammates, former Spartans receiver Bennie Fowler said Friday at the NFL combine.

“After the game, he came out and he came to the hotel and lived it up with us,” Fowler said at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Bullough, who was training in Los Angeles at the time and did not travel with the team, also apologized to some of his teammates.

“All he said was sorry, but the fact that we won the game, he was just not putting it on himself,” Fowler said. “The fact that we got the win is the most important thing.”

Fowler is among four former Spartans at the combine this week, and although cornerback Darqueze Dennard is a likely first-round pick, Bullough may draw the most attention because the reason for his suspension is not yet public knowledge.

Bullough and other linebackers were scheduled to arrive Friday in Indianapolis, and when Bullough begins interviews with teams, his suspension will surely be a topic. He will meet with the media Saturday.

“Max was one of our great vocal leaders, a captain,” Fowler said. “Max had done a lot — 40 straight starts for the program. Max not being at the Rose Bowl also made us come together as a team, and we got the win and we celebrated with him after.”

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