I thought the same. if you didn't apply for early admission by jan1st then you aren't considered.
There still seems to be confusion over the early acceptance. Unless you applied before the early acceptance deadline you aren't up for that consideration, which at this point is everyone. Don't feel bad if you get the "you're back in the pool" email.
however, at the interview they stated that not all those spots were filled yet and thus r still looking to fill those spots currently. but are not looking to fill the general spots until may. I think that's why people are confused, because they were still looking to finish filling early acceptance spots.