BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A promising football career appears to be in jeopardy for Jim Kelly’s nephew.
Niagara Falls native Chad Kelly, a sophomore at Clemson University, has been dismissed from his college football team. The quarterback apparently didn’t see eye to eye with his coaches.
Now, if he wants to continue his football career, he’ll have to search for a new college willing to take him.
“He’s still a young player and big part of this position is maturity and leadership and those are two things he has to continue to work on,” said Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney.
Swinney had enough of Kelly and kicked him off the Tiger’s team. This comes two days after Kelly was benched for the second half of the spring game for disagreeing with coaches over whether to go for it on fourth down.
Apparently, the quarterback’s talent wasn’t enough to compensate for his attitude.
Swinney released this statement saying: “I have dismissed Chad Kelly for conduct detrimental to our program. 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.”
According to the team, Kelly was in a three-way competition at quarterback this spring along with senior Cole Stoudt and freshman Deshaun Watson. WGR 550 Sports Radio college football analyst Joe Buscaglia says he has options.
“He could choose to go to a lower level of a school, meaning a non-division FBS school and play in the FCS level or lower, and he could play immediately,” he explained.
If he chooses a similar or larger school, he’ll have to sit out a year.
According to reports, this isn’t the first time Kelly has been cut by a team. He was kicked off the Red Lion High School football team in Pennsylvania his sophomore year due to undisclosed reasons. He then finished his high school career at St. Joe’s in Tonawanda.
“He’s going to have to really explain to people what happened at Clemson and why it kind of came to that,” said Buscaglia.
Meanwhile, drama continues to follow Kelly. Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers says she was involved in a fender bender with Kelly last Thursday. Afterward she tweeted, “I said I was going to call the police to file the proper report, and Chad got out of the car asking me not to call. He became very agitated and was extremely disrespectful. As proud as I am to be part of the Clemson Football program, it was very disheartening that he showed no remorse for his behavior.”