Jack Montague has “withdrawn” from Yale, the Yale Daily News reported Wednesday, citing an update regarding Montague’s status from the University Registrar’s office Tuesday. Later Wednesday afternoon, Yale announced in a press release that Montague will not return to the team, declining further comment.
The University Registrar’s office declined to specify why Montague, the team’s captain, had withdrawn from the university, and Montague had told the YDN he was taking a personal leave on Feb. 17 and added then that he was “trying to come back as soon as possible.”
According to Yale’s policy on absence, withdrawal and reinstatement, the earliest he could have come back to Yale is the spring ’17 semester if his withdrawal is medical, or the fall ’17 semester if his leave is due to personal (non-disciplinary) reasons. If a personal leave is done to avoid disciplinary reasons, then there is no reinstatement. If the withdrawal is due to disciplinary reasons, then the return date is determined by Yale College Executive Committee.
Montague’s withdrawal makes things very hard for the Bulldogs going into the homestretch of this season. While they should be able to handle Dartmouth and Harvard at home this weekend, they will face a steep challenge at Columbia and in any possible Ivy playoff game and postseason appearance. Montague was Yale’s fourth-leading scorer this season, averaging 9.7 points, 3.0 assists. 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.
If the Elis don’t win the Ivy League this year, this may be a more heartbreaking development for them than any end-of-game collapse.