Dabo Swinney closes door on possibility of Mike Bellamy returning to Clemson

Troubled five-star recruit has been enrolled at two junior colleges in the past 9 months

Clemson running back Mike Bellamy (5) runs for a 31-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.

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Clemson running back Mike Bellamy (5) runs for a 31-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va.

Dabo Swinney officially closed the book on the unfortunate Clemson football career of former five-star running back Mike Bellamy on Friday when he stated, in answer to a question, "Mike Bellamy will not be back at Clemson."

Many Clemson fans had hoped the record-breaking Florida speedster might work his way back into the Tiger program when he was dismissed for academic reasons last May; and Swinney's comments at that time seemed to leave a door slightly open for that possibility.

After a rocky rookie season that ended with him being suspended for the Orange Bowl, Bellamy seemed to be back on track last spring before ending the semester with his academic dismissal.

Bellamy enrolled at East Mississippi Community College last summer, where he worked as a wide receiver during off-season drills. In early August, however, he was dismissed from EMCC - the 2011 national junior college champion - for an undisclosed violation of team policy.

He subsequently enrolled at Eastern Arizona College, where he opened his season with a first-touch, 70-yard touchdown run. He had just 30 carries in his next six games, however, according to NJCAA statistics.

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Bigboots writes:

Bellamy: Hey, Coach Swinney. This is Mike Bellamy...

(Click.)...(dialtone)

Bigboots writes:

Bellamy: Coach, this is Mike. I don't know what happened. Anyhoo, I was just wondering, since Ellington is graduating, if

(click) ... (dialtone)

Bellamy: We keep getting cut off!

TnTiger writes:

I hate headlines like the one on this article by Kerry Capps. Dabo didn't close the door on MB, MB closed the door. MB had every opportunity to stay at Clemson, but he didn't do what his teammates did to stay eligible. So don't say that Coach Dabo closed the door, MB closed it on himself.

KIMOSAMI writes:

in response to TnTiger:

I hate headlines like the one on this article by Kerry Capps. Dabo didn't close the door on MB, MB closed the door. MB had every opportunity to stay at Clemson, but he didn't do what his teammates did to stay eligible. So don't say that Coach Dabo closed the door, MB closed it on himself.

Have you heard anything about why he won't consider letting Bellamy come back?

Bigboots writes:

Yeah, something about not learning the plays, not even knowing where to line up. Complaining about not getting to play. Me-first attitude.
No, wait, that's why he was tossed out on his butt.

brookesdad729 writes:

He was dismissed from Clemson, then East Mississippi Community College and now he's at his 3rd school in less than a year? I don't care if he can walk on water, he can't come back to CU! Talk about a team moral killer! What about the guys who work their butts off and want to be here? What would that say to them? Way to go coach! We got plenty of studs in the stable, leave that gelding in the pasture!

KIMOSAMI writes:

You can't fault him for wanting to play. I wasn't aware of him having a disruptive nature. I had heard only of the academics. He is a Sunday talent, though. Reminds me of a young Tony Dorsett...with more speed.

Bigboots writes:

K, that stuff will fry your brain.

If he can't get it done on Saturday, Sunday isn't looking so good for him.

KerryCapps writes:

MB was the only subject Dabo was unwilling to elaborate on during his hour-long press conference on Friday. Likewise, when MB was dismissed from East Mississippi all his coach said was the obligatory 'violation of team rules.' What Dabo said was of interest because it was a change from 'anything's possible,' which was basically what he said last spring.

cuGIZ82 writes:

I hate to see young people throw away their talent

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