Failed test costs Shaw senior season
LAS VEGAS -- Matt Shaw, who started 11 games for UNLV's NCAA tournament-qualifying 2009-10 team, tested positive for a banned substance and will miss his senior season, the school announced.
In an athletic department statement released Tuesday, the 6-foot-8 junior forward admitted failing a random drug test after the Rebels' first-round loss March 18 to Northern Iowa in Oklahoma City.
"I tested positive for a NCAA banned substance and it will cost me my senior season," Shaw said in the statement. "I made a poor decision, but I take responsibility for it. I apologize to my teammates, my coaches and the fans. I am proud of the fact that I will earn my degree and am also proud of what we accomplished during my four seasons as part of the Runnin' Rebel program. I hope the fans will remember me for what I tried to give to this program and accept my apology."
Shaw averaged 7.0 points and 2.8 rebounds last season for UNLV. He averaged 5.6 points and 2.8 rebounds for his three-year career, where the Rebels were 82-24. He missed the 2008-09 season after knee surgery.
"We are really disappointed for Matt," head coach Lon Kruger said. "He was going to be an integral part of our team next season. His teammates are disappointed as well, but they also understand that he has to take responsibility for his actions."
The school said Shaw will finish his degree this summer.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.