Clemson QB Chad Kelly Dismissed
By Eric Russell
Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly has been dismissed from the program due to "conduct detrimental to the team," according to a statement released by the school on Monday afternoon.
Kelly was competing for the starting job along with Cole Stoudt and freshman Deshaun Watson this spring. Kelly was coming off a season in which he played in five games for Clemson after returning from a torn ACL. He completed 10 of 17 passes last year for 58 yards. However, the redshirt sophomore struggled in Clemson's spring game on Saturday. He threw a pair of interceptions and was ultimately benched.
"He's had a pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of our program," head coach Dabo Swinney said in a press release. "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."
247Sports reported earlier in the day that Kelly had to be removed by authorities from the West End Zone. This isn't the first time Kelly, the nephew of Jim Kelly, has been dismissed from a team. During his sophomore year in high school he was also dismissed from the program at Red Lion High School in Pennsylvania.
The Tigers' quarterback situation now features Cole Stoudt and highly touted freshman Deshaun Watson, who is currently sidelined with a collarbone injury. The dismissal may put a damper on any plans Clemson may have had to redshirt Watson.