Coach Dabo Swinney said Monday that Kelly was kicked off the team for conduct detrimental to the program.
“He has had a pattern of behavior that is not consistent with the values of our program,” Swinney said. “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 is the nephew of Bills star Jim Kelly. The sophomore was expected to compete with senior Cole Stoudt and freshman Deshaun Watson to replace Tajh Boyd behind center this fall.
Kelly didn’t come to Clemson quietly. At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, he was a highly sought recruit out of Buffalo, N.Y., choosing the Tigers over Alabama, Florida State, Michigan State and Purdue.
He taunted Stoudt, who has been a backup to Boyd all three years, on Twitter before he arrived, writing that “your on the bench for a reason! And i come soon! Just letting you know.”
Kelly threw two interceptions in last weekend’s spring game, completing 10 of his 18 passed for 118 yards before being benched.
TENNESSEE: Has given one-year extensions to the assistants on Butch Jones’ staff and has awarded linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen a $25,000 raise.
The contracts of Thigpen, offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian, defensive coordinator John Jancek, receivers coach Zach Azzanni, tight ends/special teams coach Mark Elder, running backs coach Robert Gillespie, strength coach Dave Lawson, offensive line coach Don Mahoney, secondary coach Willie Martinez and defensive line coach Steve Stripling run through Feb. 28, 2016.
MICHIGAN: A student task force has found that the university failed to explain a yearslong delay between the alleged sexual assault of a student by former football player Brendan Gibbons and his expulsion in December.
University spokesman Rick Fitzgerald says the school hopes “the CSG’s focus on these issues will lead to a greater awareness of the student sexual misconduct policy and even more survivors coming forward.”
The Central Student Government examined the Ann Arbor school’s student sexual misconduct policy and released its task force’s findings Sunday.
It says Michigan routinely failed to meet deadlines to conduct investigations and that football coach Brady Hoke likely lied about Gibbons when asked why the kicker wasn’t with the team for a December bowl game. Gibbons hasn’t been charged.
49ERS: Cornerback Chris Culliver has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor hit-and-run charges and felony possession of brass knuckles.
Culliver was arrested on March 28 after San Jose police say he struck a bicyclist, then rammed a witness’ vehicle that was blocking him from leaving until officers arrived. The San Jose Mercury News reports that he entered his plea on Friday in Santa Clara County Superior Court.
REDSKINS: DeSean Jackson has reported for voluntary off-season workout program after skipping the first week to take a vacation.
The Redskins tweeted a photo of their biggest off-season acquisition working out in the weight room Monday, and the three-time Pro Bowl receiver tweeted a photo of his No. 11 jersey in his locker.
Jackson wore No. 10 with the Philadelphia Eagles and had said he would try to see if franchise player Robert Griffin III – the Redskins’ current No. 10 – would be willing to switch. Griffin quickly nixed the idea.
Jackson signed with Washington on April 2, less than a week after getting released by the Eagles. The Redskins started their workouts the following week, but Jackson went ahead with his vacation.
LAWSUIT: Former NFL linebacker Shawne Merriman is suing Nike for trademark infringement and unfair competition over its Lights Out apparel line.
The suit, filed on behalf of Merriman’s Lights Out Holdings LLC, was filed in U.S. District Court on Monday.
According to the suit, after Nike and Merriman unsuccessfully negotiated to create a Lights Out apparel line in 2006 or 2007, the company used the name anyway.
The lawsuit says Merriman acquired the federal trademark rights for Lights Out in 2007.
He was nicknamed “Lights Out” after knocking out opponents in a high school game.
The suit demands an injunction to stop trademark infringement and related unfair business practices, as well as damages to be determined at trial.
A spokesman for Nike didn’t respond to calls and an e-mail seeking comment.
LIONS: Claimed defensive end and former Clemson player Kourtnei Brown off waivers.
BROWNS: Pro Bowl center Alex Mack will remain with the team after they quickly matched the five-year, $42 million offer sheet he signed from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Friday.
• The team also signed fullback Chris Pressley, a potential lead blocker to open holes for new running back Ben Tate.