By Tim Healey/DFP Staff
UPDATE 3:50 p.m.: BU athletics has sent out a release to confirm the end of Coyle's tenure at BU.
"Charlie has decided that he would like to focus on beginning his professional hockey career," BU coach Jack Parker said in the release. "We respect his decision and certainly wish him all the best in the future."
Parker will not be available for further comment today.
UPDATE 3:05 p.m.: Charlie Coyle has now confirmed his departure from BU.
"Yes, I have made my decision to leave BU because I'm done being a student-athlete and I want to focus on just hockey," Coyle said via text. "I was not failing out.
"It was definitely a hard decision to make and I will miss my teammates and coaches. BU was a great place to be and I enjoyed my time there."
UPDATE 2:50 p.m.: A Saint John Sea Dogs' official has confirmed with The Daily Free Press that Coyle has indeed decided to leave BU to join the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Coyle, a 6-foot-2, 207 pound East Weymouth native, was tied for third on BU's team with 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) this season. A 2010 first-round draft pick of the San Jose Sharks - who have since traded his rights to the Minnesota Wild organization - Coyle was named the 2010-11 Hockey East Rookie of Year after collecting 26 points (seven goals, 19 assists)
The news of Coyle's departure comes three days after news broke that senior forward Corey Trivino, the team's leading point getter, was dismissed from the team following criminal charges stemming from an arrest on campus Sunday night.
Despite rumors swirling this morning due to a report from USHR about the departure of sophomore forward Charlie Coyle due to academic issues, Coyle said via phone that, as of right now, he is still a part of of the No. 9 Boston University men's hockey team.
"That's all I can say right now," said Coyle, who was on a plane en route to world junior camp.
Coyle told The Daily Free Press yesterday - before the USHR report this morning - that he is still on the team. Also, he is still listed on the official team roster at goterriers.com.
The original report from USHR says Coyle was having issues in school and would leave the Terriers in favor of the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
The team's sports information director said the team cannot comment on an athlete's academic standing, and that BU coach Jack Parker was on a plane Friday morning and would be unavailable until mid-afternoon.