Chad Kelly‘s long journey out of Hugh Freeze‘s Ole Miss doghouse has taken another step in the right direction.
Monday morning, the Associated Press writes, a Buffalo judge “agreed… that Ole Miss quarterback Chad Kelly has met the community service and other conditions of a plea agreement reached after he was arrested for fighting with bouncers outside a Buffalo nightclub.” Kelly accepted a plea deal in early January that included 50 hours of community service and undergoing a drug and alcohol evaluation.
“This case is over,” Kelly’s attorney, Thomas Eoannou, said after the appearance. “It is behind him as of right now and he’s looking forward to playing football.”
In December, shortly after signing with the Rebels from the JUCO ranks, 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.
That incident was the latest in a very bad year for the signal caller.
Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney announced April 14 of last year 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 and having his brush with the law.
Kelly, though, is part of a group of Ole Miss football players who are joining Freeze on a humanitarian trip to Haiti later this month, so the thaw in the relationship had already commenced prior to today’s development.
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 expired eligibility, will be expected to compete for the Rebels’ starting job