Chad Kelly dismissed from Clemson football team

Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly, center, sits on the bench during the second half of the Tigers' NCAA college football spring game at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C. on Saturday, Apr. 12, 2014. Head coach Dabo Swinney announced on April 14 that Kelly was dismissed from the team. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer) GREENVILLE NEWS - OUT; SENECA JOURNAL - OUT

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Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly, center, sits on the bench during the second half of the Tigers' NCAA college football spring game at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, S.C. on Saturday, Apr. 12, 2014. Head coach Dabo Swinney announced on April 14 that Kelly was dismissed from the team. (AP Photo/Anderson Independent-Mail, Mark Crammer) GREENVILLE NEWS - OUT; SENECA JOURNAL - OUT

CLEMSON – Clemson coach Dabo Swinney cited a “pattern of behavior” in dismissing redshirt sophomore quarterback Chad Kelly in a whirlwind turn of events.

After a meeting with coaches on Monday, initial reports were that Kelly was escorted out of Memorial Stadium’s WestZone facility by police, but a Clemson spokesman said later those reports were untrue.

Clemson communications announced his dismissal via press release late Monday afternoon with a statement from the Tigers’ coach.

"I have dismissed Chad Kelly for conduct detrimental to our program," said Swinney. "He has had a pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of our program. I hope he will mature and grow from this and become the man and player I know he can be.

“I wish him nothing but the best in the future academically and athletically."

After Scout site CUTigers.com reported the alleged police escort, Kelly appeared to respond on Twitter.

“That’s Crazy Someone Would Lie Like That? Wow Is All Imma Say. Good Thing I Got A Great Family And Close Friends,” the Niagara Falls, N.Y. product tweeted.

Up until the spring game Saturday, Kelly was at the forefront of a three-way race to be the Tigers’ next starting quarterback.

In that game, however, he struggled – throwing two interceptions and getting benched for the second half after expressing frustration over a coach’s call. Kelly was not made available to the media postgame.

Both Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and offensive coordinator Chad Morris said he didn’t “handle adversity” well, but Morris cautioned not to read too much into the spring game performance.

“We know that there’s going to be some adversity,” Morris said Saturday. “There’s going to be some (first team) with twos and threes. You just deal with it. How do you respond? I think he got a little frustrated with it. Got to move forward.

"This doesn’t need to be the overshadow of the entire spring. Because he had a good spring. We had a great battle."

According to multiple reports, there was a minor car accident last week involving Kelly that was a part of his eventful weekend. The car belonged to former Miss South Carolina, Ali Rogers, who works in the football program.

Backing up some of those prior reports, Rogers put out a statement broadcast on Facebook and Twitter saying Kelly got out of the car and asked her not to file a report. "He became very agitated and was extremely disrespectful," Rogers said. "As proud as I am to be part of the Clemson Football Program, it was very disheartening that he showed no remorse for his behavior."

There was no response from Kelly as he had deleted his Twitter account not long after the day's events.

A four-star prospect out of St. Joseph’s (N.Y.), Kelly redshirted in 2012 and then suffered a torn ACL in the 2013 spring game after a heated backup quarterback competition.

His recovery from the major knee injury was remarkable in that he was on the field for Clemson’s second game in 2013. He played in five games, completing 10-of-17 passes for 58 yards. Known as a dual-threat, Kelly was second on the team in rushes of 20 yards or more (3), totaling 117 yards and a touchdown.

His departure leaves senior Cole Stoudt as the favorite to take hold of the spot left by multiple school-record holder Tajh Boyd. True freshman mid-year enrollee Deshaun Watson is set to compete with him after sitting out the next couple weeks with a broken collarbone.

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Bigboots writes:

That didn't take long, did it?

Bleedsorange writes:

Hate to see the raw talent leave but his attitude even before he arrived on campus was borderline entitled spoiled brat.

brookesdad729 writes:

Way to go Dabo! No one is indispensable! See ya buddy and I pray that he makes it wherever he goes but that attitude won't cut it anywhere. He reminds me of Manziel only Manziel could at least play football...go figure!

TigerFan95 writes:

Hate to lose the depth but the guy's skills just didn't live up to the hype and we're not losing much. If possible I would like to see us use his scholly on a transfer.

TigerMarine writes:

Chad has far more grit and talent than Stout but Kelly has been a punk brat since middle school and unfortunately he never grew out of it. RUMORS say that there was vicious bad mouthing of coaches from Kelley all over the bars of downtown Clemson Saturday night just before him being a passenger in a hit&run and police chase. Again I stress these are rumors and Mr. Rink was a responsible journalist who did not pass them on but I'm not a reporter and I know some of it to be 100% true so I tend to believe the rest to be accurate therefore I have no problem making the whole story be known. I wish Chad Kelly the best but as far as Clemson is concerned we'll be just fine without him.

KIMOSAMI (Inactive) writes:

in response to TigerMarine:

Chad has far more grit and talent than Stout but Kelly has been a punk brat since middle school and unfortunately he never grew out of it. RUMORS say that there was vicious bad mouthing of coaches from Kelley all over the bars of downtown Clemson Saturday night just before him being a passenger in a hit&run and police chase. Again I stress these are rumors and Mr. Rink was a responsible journalist who did not pass them on but I'm not a reporter and I know some of it to be 100% true so I tend to believe the rest to be accurate therefore I have no problem making the whole story be known. I wish Chad Kelly the best but as far as Clemson is concerned we'll be just fine without him.

What's the 100% true part?

kellytown writes:

Chad thought is was bigger than the team and the coaches didn't know what they were talking about. Chad was trouble from the beginning. He felt that he was smarter than the people around him. His family should be very dissapointed in him. How could anyone stand to be around this arrogant BRAT. No one is entitled to anything you have to earn it, Mike Bellamy need I say more. GREAT CALL DABO!!!!

YabbaDaboDooDoo writes:

What took so long? There's a PATTERN of screaming at coaches? They wouldn't put up with this from a second string safety. I think the only reason he's gone is b/c they've got a senior QB and a near-healthy Deshaun Watson which makes Kelly dispensable.

TigerNE writes:

in response to YabbaDaboDooDoo:

What took so long? There's a PATTERN of screaming at coaches? They wouldn't put up with this from a second string safety. I think the only reason he's gone is b/c they've got a senior QB and a near-healthy Deshaun Watson which makes Kelly dispensable.

I think you are reading something into the statement that wasn't intended. Or you are just being controversial. No history of yelling at coaches. A mixed history of other issues, though.

KIMOSAMI (Inactive) writes:

in response to YabbaDaboDooDoo:

What took so long? There's a PATTERN of screaming at coaches? They wouldn't put up with this from a second string safety. I think the only reason he's gone is b/c they've got a senior QB and a near-healthy Deshaun Watson which makes Kelly dispensable.

Maybe they should follow the Cocklovers model:

Allow the quarterback to key a prof's car.
Get caught drinking in the dorm.
Twice.
Come to a team meeting drunk.
Be late for meetings.

THEN......dismiss the starting quarterback, ONLY when the second-stringer is up to snuff and can be trusted to run the team.

Maybe it's the drunk-at-the team meeting infraction that caused the delay in dismissal.....after all.....the Old Ball Sack is guilty of the same, huh?

Why don't you go blah,blah,blah at the Cocklovers site....where you belong?

clemvol writes:

Is Chad Kelly kin to Stephen Garcia?

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