The University of Mississippi says it is reviewing the arrest of quarterback Chad Kelly, its high-profile junior college recruit of this season.
Has Kelly squandered his second chance at big-time college football as a result of a bar fight in Buffalo early Sunday? Time will tell, as Ole Miss decides what to do.
“We are gathering facts on the matter," Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said in a statement released by the university in Oxford, Miss.
Kelly, 20, the nephew of Hall-of-Famer Jim Kelly and former star at St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute, was arrested after police say he fought with bouncers trying to evict him and a companion from a Pearl street nightclub.
The charges facing Kelly include: third-degree assault, second-degree harassment, second-degree menacing, resisting arrest, fourth-degree criminal mischief and second-degree obstructing governmental administration.
A short video of the incident outside the nightclub appeared on Deadspin Monday showing a group of people pushing and shoving and some punches being thrown.
Kelly’s lawyer Thomas Eoannou told the Associated Press Monday he has video evidence that Kelly was not the aggressor. “It’s obvious Chad was not the one who started this incident,” he said.
Kelly signed with Mississippi on Wednesday after a record-setting season at East Mississippi Community College. He was dismissed from the Clemson University team last April for conduct detrimental to the team.
Ole Miss is preparing to play in the Peach Bowl on Dec. 31 in Atlanta. It will be the last game for the Rebels’ senior quarterback, Bo Wallace. Mississippi has two incumbent quarterbacks behind Wallace in Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade. Both will be redshirt sophomores next season and have seen only limited duty this year. Buchanan didn’t look so good in a loss at Arkansas last month.
“We needed to create competition and depth at quarterback, and we were able to do that with Chad Kelly,” Freeze said in announcing Kelly’s signing last week.