Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze pushed Chad Kelly too far after one fall practice.
Freeze thought his transfer quarterback needed some motivation, so he decided to “push his buttons,” according to ESPN’s broadcast of College GameDay.
‘If you can’t take this,” Freeze told Kelly. “You might as well pack you bags and go somewhere else.”
That cut deep.
Kelly went to see Freeze after practice, his face full of tears.
“I immediately asked him to forgive me and told him, ‘Look, I will not leave you. I will hang in there with you as long as you’re making good choices,'” Freeze said.
The former Clemson and community college signal-caller committed to Ole Miss earlier this year, but quickly made a terrible choice. Following an altercation in his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., Kelly was arrested for reportedly fighting bouncers and resisting arrest.
“I thought it was all over when that happened,” Kelly said.
But the Rebels have moved past that now.
“I couldn’t be more thankful for coach Freeze to let me be a part of this great team,” Kelly said. ‘It hurt inside that I even thought about attempting to ruin it.”
Added Freeze: “There was an absolute fear of failure and an absolute problem with trusting authority. I was just thoroughly convinced that this kid wanted to someone to say, ‘I love you. I’m willing to take a chance.”
Ole Miss (4-0) is ranked No. 3 in the country. Saturday, it travels to No. 25 Florida for a game in the Swamp (7 pm ET, ESPN).
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— OMRebelNation.com (@OMRebelNation) October 3, 2015