According to The Eagle-Tribune's Mike McMahon, Vatrano left the program over an "academic issue" related to an admissions test. Coach York could not say whether it was Vatrano's decision to leave or if he was asked to leave; just that he "withdrew from the University." York did tell Heights Sports editor Greg Joyce:
Just spoke to Coach York about Vatrano: "Frank Vatrano has withdrawn from the University. Per policy at BC, we're not allowed to discuss...— Greg Joyce (@GJoyce9) September 26, 2012
"...any academic issues. But we're certainly going to miss him. He's a terrific young guy and we wish him nothing but the best." -York #BC— Greg Joyce (@GJoyce9) September 26, 2012
College Hockey News cites a U.S. Hockey Report that claims that Vatrano failed to get through the NCAA Clearinghouse. If the report is true, Vatrano would have been ineligible to play this season. Since the forward decided to go back to playing for the Junior Bruins in the EJHL, he retains his college eligibility and can play again once he gains eligibility. Whether Vatrano will return to Boston College or play for another NCAA program remains to be seen.