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Hot-tempered QB Chad Kelly kicked off Clemson roster

Chad Kelly

There are a few things a quarterback competing for a starting job in the fall may not want to do in the spring. It seems as though Clemson’s Chad Kelly chose to ignore all of those things. Clemson removed Kelly from the roster after an eventful weekend and a pattern of bad behavior.

“I have dismissed Chad Kelly for conduct detrimental to our program,” said head coach Dabo Swinney in a released statement. “He has had a pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of our program. 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.”

To get a sense of how this came to be, look no further than this past weekend’s various reports. It starts with a report saying Kelly had to be escorted off the field by Clemson police. Kelly’s tempers had flared with assistant coaches during Saturday’s spring game, in which he was benched and reportedly spent a good amount of time venting his frustrations at the expense of the coaching staff. Kelly’s spring game came to end following two drives ending with interceptions. Swinney commented on Kelly’s sideline behavior after the game.

“You’re not going to have guys crossing a line with the coaches just because they’re frustrated with whatever,” Swinney said according to The Post and Courier. “He got frustrated and reacted the way your leader can’t react. It’s just that simple.”

This should leave the job in Cole Stoudt‘s hands from here on out. Stoudt had a better spring game and he was the primary back-up to Tajh Boyd at the end of last season.

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15 Responses to “Hot-tempered QB Chad Kelly kicked off Clemson roster”
  1. taylormade311 says: Apr 14, 2014 5:27 PM


  2. teedraper says: Apr 14, 2014 5:35 PM

    Sat in his living room, told his parents you would treat him like a son & have the police escort him from the sideline. LOLOLOLOL

    Gotta love it

  3. mogogo1 says: Apr 14, 2014 5:51 PM

    If he spent a large amount of time berating his parents, they may have called the cops and had him removed from the house, as well.

    Just how out of it do you have to be to think that going nutso on your coaches is going to help you win playing time?

  4. rolltide510 says: Apr 14, 2014 5:56 PM

    Well, there wasn’t anything during his recruitment to…..wait, nevermind.

  5. keltictim says: Apr 14, 2014 6:06 PM

    I heard he wanted out of there anyways. Just plain sick and tired of losing to USC. Ah it’s good to be a gamecock.

  6. shaunodame says: Apr 14, 2014 6:35 PM

    Clemson will be fine on the field with Stoudt or Watson running the show. They may be even better off off of the field without all the character concerns Kelly apparently had.

    I hope this isn’t a case of this kid thinking he is entitled because of his last name or thinking he was a lot better than he actually was. Whatever the reason, here’s your wake up call son.

  7. gatiger says: Apr 14, 2014 8:12 PM

    Good for Dabo.

    ps I’m the Auburn variety Tiger, but glad to see this decision. Young man much more likely to learn a lesson that things don’t always go your way.

  8. floridacock says: Apr 14, 2014 8:27 PM

    WOW! Good for Dabo and probably Kelly. Is this Jim Kelly’s boy? If so he is going through a really rough time. Hope he learns and moves on.

  9. rjt34 says: Apr 14, 2014 8:33 PM

    Floridacock- It’s Jim’s nephew. Jim’s bros son.

  10. gatorprof says: Apr 14, 2014 10:01 PM

    It gets worse…

    He flipped out on Miss South Carolina after his buddy backed into her vehicle.

  11. ecnc30 says: Apr 15, 2014 1:19 AM

    Clemson does not need this jerk….good call Coach!

  12. pawloosa says: Apr 15, 2014 8:40 AM

    If the game was UNIONIZED…coaches would not have this power… I’m all in for what the coach did…but the complexity of unions would bog this type of displine into legal battles…. Probably would have to buy out Kelly’s scholarship in a lump sum to get rid of him…
    Just another reason going union is just plain insanity!!

  13. dhardy8207 says: Apr 15, 2014 9:02 AM

    Sounds like a spoiled brat and probably indicative of how he acts towards his parents. Some kids have the “bully syndrome” down pat because they were able to get away with bullying authority at home..

    Hope he gets it together, the next time the law enforcement get involved it may be an escort to jail…

  14. jonkybon says: Apr 15, 2014 10:16 AM

    A troubled young man with anger issues. Other coaches may have placated him for his physical abilities. Glad Dabo isn’t one of them. I hope he gets the counciling he needs. Chad Kelly will emerge somewhere, hopefully he learned from this past weekend.

  15. onlyoneleft says: Apr 16, 2014 12:59 PM

    It is called hard love. You have to practice it sometimes.

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