EUGENE, Ore. -- Three players from the University of Oregon's 2009 football team have left the program, the athletic department said Monday -- including a player the department indicated was still on the roster last Friday but now says was dismissed from the team Jan. 8.
Coach Chip Kelly confirmed Monday that wide receiver Garrett Embry and defensive linemen Andrew Iupati and Terrance Montgomery will not return for the 2010 season.
In an interview with Oregonlive.com, Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity member Max Wolford told a reporter Embry was one of two UO football players he suspected and reported to police in connection with a Jan. 24 theft at the fraternity house.
Wolford has not confirmed nor corrected the OregonLive.com report or responded to KVAL News requests for an interview.
In an effort to verify the story, KVAL News attempted to access to the report to police but was denied access under Oregon's Public Records Law by both the Eugene Police Department and the Lane County District Attorney.
Iupati, who did not play in any games last fall as a redshirt after transferring from Golden West Community College, has transferred to Humboldt State University (Arcata, CA), where he is expected to have two seasons of eligibility remaining for the NCAA Division II Lumberjacks.
Montgomery has decided to give up football. Both he and Embry remain enrolled as students at UO, the athletic department said.