Loyola expels Rowe, ending 'Hound's career

Academic board rules against senior star's return

January 28, 2000|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

Loyola College's academic board expelled basketball standout Jason Rowe yesterday, ending the college career for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's Preseason Player of the Year.

A senior guard who averaged 17.9 points, 5.2 assists and 3.0 steals for the Greyhounds this season, Rowe was suspended from Loyola two weeks ago after his grade-point average fell below school standards during the fall semester, according to sources close to the situation.

Before the beginning of each semester, the academic board meets to discuss the status of students whose performance falls below the school's standards. Team sources said Rowe had been on probation in past semesters, and the school suspended him Jan. 13.

There was hope that Rowe might be reinstated, if he turned in work that would raise his GPA.

It was only yesterday that the athletic department was notified that Rowe wouldn't be back.

Rowe, who did not return a call yesterday seeking comment, leaves as the school's all-time leader in steals, with 236, and his 1,678 points rank fifth on the school's career list.

"We are very appreciative of Jason's contributions to Loyola College," said athletic director Joe Boylan. "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."

The two-time MVP in the Battle of Baltimore has been hard to replace. The Greyhounds are 1-4 without Rowe and 6-11 overall.

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