CLEMSON, S.C. (WACH) - Quarterback Chad Kelly has been dismissed from the Clemson football team.
The sophomore from Niagara Falls was competing with Cole Stoudt and freshman Deshaun Watson for a chance to replace record-setting quarterback Tajh Boyd this fall.
"I have dismissed Chad Kelly for conduct detrimental to our program," said head coach Dabo Swinney in a 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."
Kelly was benched for the second half of Clemson's spring game on Saturday after an on-field confrontation with a offensive coordinator Chad Morris and receivers coach Jeff Scott. The quarterback completed 10-18 passes but threw two interceptions in the game. Head coach Dabo Swinney questioned his maturity following the the game saying Kelly became frustrated and "reacted in the way your leader can't react."
At the time, Swinney indicated the staff would work with Kelly on improving that.
Kelly red-shirted in the 2012 season, then suffered a torn ACL in the 2013 spring game. He returend in time for the 2013 season and came back to play in the September 7 game against South Carolina State. He played in five games overall in 2013 and was 10-17 passing for 58 yards. He also had 117 rushing yards and a touchdown.