Freeze and the Kelly plan

Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze shared his plan for troubled quarterback Chad Kelly through a text message this morning.

Kelly received a sentence yesterday that would allow him to join the Ole Miss football program immediately. However, Freeze says a decision on Kelly’s status has not yet been made and will not be made until later this week at the earliest.

In the text Freeze said he will have a phone call with Kelly and Kelly’s family tonight. After that phone call Freeze said he will “take a couple of days and make a decision based on everything.”

Yesterday in a Buffalo court Kelly pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct for his role in a right outside a Buffalo bar in late December.

Kelly was rated a four-star prospect and one of the top dual threat quarterbacks in the nation when he signed with Clemson out of high school.

Behavior issues led to his dismissal there, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said.

His most recent incident came just days after he’d signed a scholarship with Ole Miss. He led East Mississippi CC to the community college national championship this year.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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  • Doug

    I’m sure joining the team will be allowed because “it’s in Kelly’s best interest.”

    • Parrish Alford

      That may be a consideration but not among the first ones according to what Hugh told us when we met with him on Dec. 26. He stressed that he was considering the entire program.

  • Killer_Beeze

    According to EMCC coach Buddy Stephens (2014 SpaldingĀ® NJCAA Football Coach of the Year) (sic)…Chad was a good kid–the entire season–who took them to a national championship bowl game and won. Most fair minded folks would say that Chad was in the ‘wrong place at the wrong time’ and with the proper guidance will be just fine at Ole Miss. The Rebel receivers are excited to have him in the program. I’m looking forward to the Grove Bowl.


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