UO: Embry dismissed from football team

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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.

Embry was formally dismissed from the program on Jan. 8 for a violation of team rules, according to the story posted on GoDucks.com.
 
On Friday, Andy McNamara with the athletic department would not confirm nor deny reports that Embry's locker had been cleaned out. He did tell KVAL News there had been no change to the team roster and that Embry had been working out that week.
 
McNamara told KVAL News Monday that what led to the dismissal happened prior to Jan. 8. He said Embry was dismissed Jan. 8 but that McNamara and the public relations department did not learn of the dismissal until this past weekend.
 
That dismissal date is more than two weeks prior to a report that implicated Embry in a theft investigation.

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.
 
Police won't say whether Embry is or is not a suspect in the case.

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.