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Expelled Yale captain has enrolled at Belmont University

UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 11, 2017

In this Nov. 22, 2015 file photo, Yale's Jack Montague, right, passes the ball around SMU's Markus Kennedy during an NCAA college basketball game in Dallas. (Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press)
In this Nov. 22, 2015 file photo, Yale's Jack Montague, right, passes the ball around SMU's Markus Kennedy during an NCAA college basketball game in Dallas. (Tony Gutierrez / Associated Press)
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Former Yale basketball captain Jack Montague, who was expelled from the Ivy League school in 2016 for sexual misconduct, has enrolled at Belmont University in Tennessee.

Montague, who is still suing to be readmitted to Yale, complained in a court deposition last spring that he was unable to apply to other schools. He said Yale would not release his transcript until he paid a disputed $3,000 tuition bill.

Karen Schwartzman, a spokeswoman for Montague, said Monday that Yale later released the transcript, allowing Montague to enroll at Belmont for the fall semester. She says not all of his credits transferred and he will need two semesters to graduate.

“Although Jack is still seeking, through the litigation, to be reinstated to Yale and to be awarded the Yale degree he had nearly earned at the time of his wrongful expulsion, he is at the same time trying to move on with his life, and completing his college education is a big part of that,” she wrote in an email.

Montague exhausted his basketball eligibility at Yale.

Yale would not comment on Montague’s transcript, but said it routinely grants waivers for outstanding bills.

“Yale respects the privacy of its former students, strives to help them move on with their lives, and would never vindictively withhold a transcript,” spokeswoman Eileen O’Connor said.

Yale’s attorneys have said the woman who accused Montague of misconduct made clear that she did not want to have intercourse and that the school and its officials acted appropriately.

Montague’s lawsuit alleges that the accusations against him were brought by a Title IX officer who coerced the woman to cooperate with the complaint. Montague asserts that the woman told Yale that he likely didn’t hear her when she asked him to end their 2014 sexual encounter.

The lawsuit, which also seeks monetary damages, is expected to go to trial next year.

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