By Joel Alderman
The question of whether Jack Montague will rejoin the Yale basketball team for any part of the stretch drive of the Ivy League season is now moot.
On Wednesday, Tim Bennett, Yale’s assistant director of sports publicity, who covers basketball for YaleBulldogs.com, confirmed in a brief statement that Montague will not be coming back to the team, and that no further comment will be provided.
Tuesday night a representative from the Registrar’s office told Daniela Brighenti of the Yale Daily News that the Bulldogs’ basketball captain has “withdrawn from Yale College,” the official name of the undergraduate school of the University.
No reasons or specifics for the were given. Under its regulations, a Yale student can withdraw for academic, disciplinary, medical or personal reasons.
Montague has not played since the Cornell game on Feb. 6th. Since then he has missed four road contests at Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton and Penn.
Of those games, Yale went 3-1. There are just four left, unless the Bulldogs get into the post season, a task now made more difficult without Montague.
It is now clear that coach James Jones and the players on the team will not be able to count on Jack Montague any longer.
We wish him all the best. He was a great asset to Yale basketball. No one can take away his three-point winning basket against UConn last season.
Montague leaving Yale at this time is especially ironic since Saturday’s game with Dartmouth will be on Senior Night. That’s when the seniors and their parents are given special recognition during a pre-game ceremony. Unfortunately the Montague family won’t be there, unless an exception is made.
Why the secrecy?
This is a sports article, not a law course. But it appears to this writer that Montague’s situation comes under a federal law, commonly known as the “Buckley Amendment,” after its principal sponsor, Senator James Buckley of New York.
The law, which has been amended several times, is known as The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), § 513 of P.L. 93-380. Soon after its passage, it was revised and amended by The General Education Provisions Act (GEPA), codified at 20 U.S.C. § 1232g and called Protection of the Rights and Privacy of Parents and Students.
These laws prohibit the disclosure by an educational institution of a student’s “protected information” to a third party. Among other things, they safeguard the privacy of student’s education records.
Under these restrictions, Yale may disclose only basic “Directory Information,” which includes enrollment status. By saying that Montague has “withdrawn,” Yale has gone as far as it is permitted.
Those who question Yale for not revealing more about Jack Montague should understand that they or those close to them may someday be the beneficiaries of such laws that protect their privacy.
We live in a democratic society.