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Coach Freeze on QB Kelly: “I believe in the redemptive quality of man”

Coach Freeze on QB Kelly: “I believe in the redemptive quality of man”

Ole Miss head coach Hugh Freeze attended the 2015 Paul “Bear” Bryant Awards banquet Wednesday evening in Houston, and while he was there gave an interesting update on the status of junior college transfer quarterback Chad Kelly.

Coach Freeze was a finalist for the 2015 Bear Bryant Award. (Photo Credit: Joel Jackson, HoustonSportsZone.com)

Coach Freeze was a finalist for the 2015 Bear Bryant Award. (Photo Credit: Joel Jackson, HoustonSportsZone.com)

Freeze was a finalist for the Bryant Award which is given to the college football coach of the year, as voted on by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, and presented by the American Heart Association and Marathon Oil Corporation.

TCU head coach Gary Patterson won this year’s award. In addition to Coach Freeze, the other finalists were:

Jimbo Fisher, Florida State University
Bryan Harsin, Boise State University
Nick Saban, University of Alabama (Coach Saban was unable to attend.)

At the event, the assembled media had the opportunity to ask the finalists a few questions. Joel Jackson, managing editor of HoustonSportsZone.com, told The Rebel Walk he asked Coach Freeze about the status of Chad Kelly.

Kelly, who began his career at Clemson and later transferred to East Mississippi Community College in 2014, got into some trouble last month following a fight outside of a Buffalo nightclub, and some wondered if the talented quarterback would still be accepted by the Rebels. However, all charges–with the exception of a non-criminal violation–were dropped at a January 5th hearing, and Kelly arrived at Ole Miss this past Sunday.

Rebels have been curious as to Kelly’s status with Coach Freeze, and they may now have a much better idea of where things stand. Jackson told The Rebel Walk Coach Freeze explained why he is willing to offer the young man another chance:

“Chad…I had a meeting with him this morning before I left. I feel good about where things are. School starts next Wednesday, I believe. If he continues on the journey he’s on, we’re gonna give it a go together. We’re gonna handcuff ourselves together. I believe in the redemptive quality of man, to give a guy a chance.”

School starts January 21 for Ole Miss, and it now appears Kelly is much closer to having the opportunity to compete this spring with returning quarterbacks Ryan Buchanan and DeVante Kincade for the starting quarterback job.

Coach Freeze believes he and the Ole Miss program can help lead Kelly in the right direction:

“He’s obviously made mistakes. He hasn’t made them with us yet. We all think we can be a difference. If I don’t, then I tried and I’ll take some criticism. But you know, I try not to listen to criticism or praise. I’m just really about the redemptive quality of man and giving a kid a chance.”

However, Coach Freeze also explained Kelly still has conditions he must meet in order to join the program:

“Now he has to complete everything that I’ve laid out for him before the green light is given. Everything to this point points in the direction that he’s on track to do that.”

It certainly appears Chad Kelly has found a coach and a program who believe they can help him put the past behind him and become a better young man. After seeing the positive effects Coach Freeze has had on so many of his players, it is safe to say there may be no better place for Kelly than Oxford, Mississippi.

For more information on the 2015 Bryant Awards, please check out HoustonSportsZone.com where you can read more from Joel Jackson. Follow Jackson on Twitter: @boomer4568  

(Feature image courtesy of Joel Jackson, HoustonSportsZone.com)

About The Author

Evelyn Van Pelt

Evelyn has covered sports for over two decades, beginning her journalism career as a sports writer for a newspaper in Austin, Texas. She attended Texas A&M and majored in English. Evelyn's love for Ole Miss began when her daughter Katie attended the university on a volleyball scholarship--and continued as she watched Katie receive three degrees from Ole Miss, culminating with her Pharm D. in 2012. Evelyn, a member of the FWAA, USBWA and the NCBWA, has covered Rebel sports for numerous outlets. In addition to working for The Rebel Walk, Evelyn is a sports writer for a newspaper in Texas.

2 Comments

  1. Martha weaver

    I definitely have reservations about Chad Kelly fitting in with the Ole Miss program especially when he has had major anger control problems that have been apparent since he was in ninth grade. Having said that, I can’t think of anyone better to try to help Chad than Coach Freeze. I believe in second chances and obviously so does Hugh Freeze. I believe he is going to need the Lord’s help in keeping this young man in line. Hopefully, he is not going to be a constant distraction to the entire team. We wish you the best, Chad, if you are indeed the man to lead our offense nest year.

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    • Evelyn Van Pelt

      Martha, we wish him and the team the best of luck, too. And you’re right, being with Coach Freeze and his staff and team is likely the best thing for Mr. Kelly. This is a great opportunity for the young man and hopefully it all works. out. Our other quarterbacks are very talented, too, so it will be fun to watch the competition this spring and fall. Thanks for commenting!

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