It appears that, in a week and a half, Chad Kelly will learn what if any future he will have at Ole Miss.
Earlier this month, Kelly was arrested on a whopping seven misdemeanor charges following an incident that began with him fighting with bouncers inside of a Buffalo bar and ended with him fighting with police. While Kelly’s attorney claimed his client was merely defending himself inside the bar, no explanation was given for Kelly’s actions after he and a friend were pulled over by police a short time later.
Kelly has a Jan. 5 court date to answer to the charges, and head coach Hugh Freeze, in his first public comments since the incident, intimated that date will be critical for Kelly’s future with the program moving forward.
From the Daily Journal:
It’s like I tell him every day when he’s calling and texting me, ‘I will deal with you when I get ready to deal with you, and that will be after I gather everything and see what the court date after Jan. 5, what happens with that.’
I just want to be sure. When you’re dealing with a kid’s future … I know everybody has their opinion. None of the opinions really matter other than what’s best for the program first, the kid second. For me to do anything other than wait for all the facts and the total truth … because everything that’s out there is not accurate. I want to deal with exactly what is accurate. That’s in fairness to any individual that you’re dealing with.
I’m just gathering all the facts from his side, the other sides and just waiting to see what the court date holds and what comes from that. Then we’ll make a decision.
Freeze also described Kelly as “very humbled” and “very remorseful” over the incident.
“He knows he made a mistake in being in the wrong place. I think he’s remorseful for that,” Freeze said. “He also wants me to know the truth, the way he perceives it, and I’ve heard that.”
This is, though, not Kelly’s first brush with controversy.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney announced April 14 that Kelly, the nephew of former Miami Hurricane and NFL great Jim Kelly, had been dismissed from the team for “conduct detrimental to our program.” Kelly, benched following a couple of interceptions, verbally sparred with assistant coaches during the spring game, which triggered the dismissal. He spent the 2014 season at the JUCO level before signing with Ole Miss earlier this month.
A four-star member of the Tigers’ 2012 recruiting class, Kelly was rated as the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback in the country and the No. 1 player at any position in the state of New York. Kelly will have two years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2015 and, because of Bo Wallace’s departure, will be expected to compete for the Rebels’ starting job… provided he’s still a Rebel come summer camp, of course.