Senior captain Max Bullough, the team's leading tackler, was suspended by Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio for the Rose Bowl.
"Max Bullough has been suspended for the remainder of the season for a violation of team rules," coach Dantonio said in a statement issued after midnight Thursday upon landing in Los Angeles.
No specifics were available on the cause of the suspension and Dantonio said "no further comment" would be made on the issue. Bullough, a two-time team captain, calls the defensive signals and has been dubbed the quarterback of the defense by coordinator Pat Narduzzi.
Michigan State, the No. 1 defense in the nation, has 41 wins in Bullough's career.
--Michigan starting quarterback Devin Gardner will not play in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl because of a broken foot.
Coach Brady Hoke announced that true freshman Shane Morris would get the start for the Wolverines, who have lost four of their past five games.
Gardner was on crutches when the team left Ann Arbor for Phoenix. He was known to be dealing with a foot injury suffered in the regular-season finale against Ohio State. It was not known that Gardner broke his foot in the third quarter of that game.
Gardner was second in the Big Ten in total offense with 286.9 yards per game and accounted for 32 touchdowns. Morris played in two games in 2013 and completed 5 of 9 passes.
--Charley Molnar was fired as head football coach at Massachusetts, director of athletics John McCutcheon announced Thursday.
The search for a new coach will begin immediately under the direction of a university advisory committee. Carr Sports Consulting was hired to assist in the search, the school confirmed.
The Minutemen joined the Mid-American Conference and the Football Bowl Subdivision in 2012. Molnar was 2-22 in two years as coach, including a 2-14 record in MAC play.
McCutcheon said the balance of Molnar's contract worth approximately $836,000 had three years remaining.
--For the second time in a month, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was stopped for driving his car at an excessive speed.
Clowney was issued a speeding ticket on Thursday morning near downtown Columbia, S.C., when police charged him with going 84 mph in a 55 mph zone, The State newspaper reported.
In early December, Clowney was stopped by a South Carolina state trooper after he was clocked at 110 mph in a 70 mph zone on Interstate 77 north of Columbia. He received a $355 ticket after that incident.
The Capital One Bowl on Jan. 1 against Wisconsin almost certainly will be the final college game for Clowney, a junior who is expected to be among the first picks in the 2014 NFL Draft.