Former Yale team captain Jack Montague, first suspended on Feb. 7 and eventually expelled from school, has been the topic of conversation all week; a story that the Bulldogs wish wasn’t hanging around while the team tries to make the most of its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1962.
Earlier this week, many of Yale’s players deflected any questions related to Montague’s status or the impact of his dismissal. When it came time for tip-off on Thursday in Providence, Montague was in attendance to watch his former teammates on the game’s biggest stage.
Montague, who was expelled for sexual misconduct, is seated two seats down from Master of Ezra Stiles Stephen Pitti, a team faculty liaison.
— Yale Daily News (@yaledailynews) March 17, 2016
Coach James Jones told reporters on Wednesday that he wished other stories, like the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance in nearly six decades, were getting headlines instead.
“I’ve been a head coach at Yale for 17 years,” Jones said. “This is the first time we’ve made the tournament since 1962. We are one of the best defensive teams in the country. We are one of the best rebounding teams in the country. So I think that’s a great story. And I’d like to tell that one going forward.
“If anybody has any questions around those types of things, I’d love to answer those questions.”