Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly dismissed from team, Tigers coach Dabo Swinney says

  • Posted: Monday, April 14, 2014 5:12 p.m., Updated: Thursday, April 17, 2014 1:16 a.m.
Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly runs a play in front of head coach Dabo Swinney during the Tigers' spring game last Saturday.

Football coaches want to see players rebound from adversity with class and determination.

For reasons a little murky at this time, Chad Kelly didn't take that route, and therefore Clemson's quarterback derby has cleared up dramatically within the past 48 hours.

Kelly was dismissed from the Tigers' football program Monday by head coach Dabo Swinney for "conduct detrimental to our program." The sophomore from Niagara Falls, N.Y., was in a three-way competition at quarterback this spring along with senior Cole Stoudt and freshman Deshaun Watson.

"He has had a pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of our program," 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."

It's no secret Kelly wears his heart on his sleeve. Unfortunately for him and his coaches, that boiled over Saturday at Clemson's spring game when he was benched for the second half after sniping with coaches based on first-half playing decisions.

Kelly, who completed 10 of 18 passes for 113 yards with two interceptions on Saturday, did not speak with reporters after the scrimmage.

Later Saturday, Kelly reportedly was involved in an incident outside Memorial Stadium, according to multiple news outlets.

A Clemson University police spokesperson said Monday that no incident report had been filed within the past 48 hours on Kelly. A Pickens County online public records search indicated the same information.

Regardless, Swinney decided to move forward without Kelly.

"The biggest thing is he got frustrated," Swinney said Saturday after Kelly's poor performance in the scrimmage. "You've got to understand, he's still a young player. A big part of this position is maturity and leadership. Those are two things he's got to continue to work on."

A four-star recruit out of upstate New York, Kelly only logged 55 snaps his redshirt freshman year in 2013, returning quickly from a torn ACL in Clemson's spring game that year.

He played in five games last season, and was 10 of 17 passing for 58 yards, with 16 carries for 117 yards and a touchdown.

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