Jason Rowe's college basketball career has come to a sudden and shocking end.
The former Buffalo Traditional standout was dismissed from Loyola College on Thursday after his academic standing was reviewed by the college's academic board.
The senior guard had been on suspension since Jan. 14 for violating Loyola's academic policy. College officials have refused to say what the violations are, but sources on the Baltimore, Md., campus said Rowe's dismissal was the result of his failure to complete classroom assignments.
Rowe will have an opportunity to be re-admitted but he won't play for the Greyhounds again.
"We are very appreciative of Jason's contributions to Loyola College," athletic director Joe Boylan said in a statement released through the sports information department. "He is a very gifted player, and personally, I have found him to be one of the most personable student-athletes I have dealt with in 35 years in college athletics. We will miss him not only as a player, but as someone who has contributed a great deal to the college community."
A first-team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference selection last season, Rowe began the 1999-2000 campaign as the league's preseason player of the year. The 5-foot-10 point guard averaged team-highs of 17.9 points, 5.2 assists and 3.0 steals in 12 games, ranking in the MAAC's top five in each category.
He also was Loyola's second-leading rebounder at 5.4 per game.
Rowe's play had not translated into team success. Picked to finish third in the MAAC preseason poll, Greyhounds (6-11, 3-5) were just 5-7 before his suspension and 1-4 without him.
Loyola coach Dino Gaudio declined to comment, saying Boylan's statement will be the college's official response at this time. Rowe could not be reached.