CLEMSON - A calmer, more relaxed Chad Kelly, looking happy to be closer to home for the time being, chatted with a western New York television station Monday, mostly about his future.
Kelly described his dismissal from the Clemson football program as "just some butting heads kind of thing" to WIVB-TV, Buffalo's CBS affiliate.
Kelly was booted April 14 by head coach Dabo Swinney following an off-field incident the previous Thursday and getting benched after sniping with coaches on the sideline of Clemson's spring game the previous Saturday.
"But everything happens for a reason," Kelly told WIVB. "You can't really look back; you've just got to look forward."
Kelly will play the 2014 football season at East Mississippi Community College, which has produced a number of future SEC players.
"First, they won the national championship last year at the juco level," Kelly said. "Just the coaches and players, I felt like I had a good bond with them. Right when I went down there, it felt like that was the right move."
Two of the Lions' past five quarterbacks, Randall Mackey and Bo Wallace, went on to start at Ole Miss.
"I know there's a couple options open right now that can be foreseen in the near future," Kelly said, "so I'm excited."
Kelly was scheduled to complete the spring semester at Clemson before transferring, so he's back home in Niagara Falls, N.Y. for the summer where he saw his ailing uncle, Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, during his fight with cancer.
"He's doing well. He appreciates everybody with all their prayers and thoughts that have been coming," Kelly said. "I know he'll push through it."
Being a Buffalo-based station, WIVB asked Kelly who he'd like the Bills to choose with the ninth overall pick in Thursday's first round of the NFL Draft. Kelly named a former teammate, as well as a former adversary.
"Personally, I hope they draft Sammy (Watkins)," Kelly said. "But if I was looking on the (other) side of things, I would think to draft Jadeveon Clowney since you got Tom Brady and you need to get to him soon. So trade up, go get him and it's all good."