The Clemson Tigers have released quarterback Chad Kelly for “detrimental conduct.” Head coach Dabo Swinney announced his dismissal from the team after he saw a pattern of negative behavior.
Kelly is the nephew of Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly, but it seems his shot at following family footsteps could be over. According to ESPN, Kelly was competing for the starting job with three other players, but coach Swinney says that his “pattern of behavior is not consistent with the value of the program.”
Kelly was featured in the Tigers’ spring game this past weekend but he didn’t play well in the first half, throwing two interceptions. It was what happened after the game that made it clear he was not mature enough to be on the team.
ESPN reports that Kelly got into a verbal altercation with coaches during halftime. He was later benched for the rest of the game. Swinney told media after the game that he will not tolerate players crossing the line with coaches because of frustration.
You really can’t blame Swinney for dismissing him. How can a team look up to and respect their QB if he is constantly bickering with coaches and disagreeing with their calls? It can’t work like that.
His attitude problem is a shame because now that Tajh Boyd is gone, the Tigers are looking to fill that spot and Kelly had a good shot. He was one of the bets QBs in the country in 2012, but now it looks like veteran backup quarterback, Cole Stoudt, will get the gig.
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