A lot of talk has been going around about former Clemson Tiger’s quarterback, Chad Kelly, and there is a lot of speculation as to what’s next for the athlete.
Chad Kelly was vying for the starting quarterback position in a three-way race with true freshman, Deshaun Watson, and senior, Cole Stoudt. The orange and white spring game was to be one of the final factors in deciding who would take the coveted position come next season. Unfortunately, Kelly threw two interceptions in the game and was benched for the second half. Kelly didn’t take kindly to the coaches’ decision and was reported to have “let them have it” during halftime and throughout the rest of the game.
A few days after the spring game, Kelly was brought in for a meeting with the coaches to determine what actions needed to be taken with the player’s attitude and what was best for him as an athlete. After the meeting, it was decided that Kelly’s conduct was detrimental to the team and he was dismissed from the program.
“He has had a pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of our program,” head coach, Dabo Swinney said. “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.”
Kelly has since issued an apology stating, “I let my emotions get the best of me, culminating in this unfortunate situation with coach Swinney and the Clemson Tigers. What’s most important now is that I use this experience to grow as a student, as an athlete and most importantly, as a man.” It’s not going to be easy moving forward for the quarterback, but hopefully he’s learned something from this situation.
Chad Kelly’s next move is up in the air at this point. He can either transfer to another Divison I school and sit out another year, or he can drop down a level and play next season. Either way, Kelly will be transferring once the school year is over.