Rockwell: Ole Miss Standouts Talk Chad Kelly

Chuck Commiskey (center) is pictured with former Saints head coach Jim Mora (far left). (photo provided by GulfLive.com)
Chuck Commiskey (center) is pictured with former Saints head coach Jim Mora (far left). / photo provided by GulfLive.com

Curtis Rockwell of GulfLive.com talks to two Ole Miss stand out athletes Chuck Commiskey and Jeff Noblin about Chad Kelly and second chances.

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Chad Kelly during his two years at Clemson

Chad Kelly, Ole Miss QB signee, was arrested in Buffalo, New York, after an incident with a bouncer at the nightclub, Kelly has been arraigned on seven charges in Buffalo City Court although none are felony-level. He is currently free without bail. However, coach Hugh Freeze was made to seem “sheepish” for signing the athlete for his troubled past.

Freeze recently talked to Hugh Kellenburger of The Clarion-Ledger”

“This is where he wants to be,” Freeze said. “He knows a mistake in being in the wrong place and I think is remorseful for that. But I got to deal with what is best for the team first, and then try to do what is best for the young man.”

Kelly’s first court date is on Jan. 5, and Freeze said he’ll wait until at least then before choosing what to do with Kelly.

Here is an excerpt from Rockwell’s article:

Thirty-four years ago today, Pascagoula’s Chuck Commiskey took the field at the historic Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Ala., for the then annual Blue-Gray Collegiate Football All-Star Classic.

But if it hadn’t have been for a second chance that he was given by Ole Miss head coach Steve Sloan after a self professed “dumb mistake” he made his sophomore year with the Rebels, he probably would never have made it that far. Nor would he have gone on to a successful career in pro ball.

That’s one reason Commiskey thinks Ole Miss should still give embattled recruit Chad Kelly a chance.

Commiskey can certainly commiserate to a certain extent. He was suspended for a year during his Ole Miss career for his involvement in a theft of game jersey’s from the Rebel athletic department. After being reinstated, however, he wound up starting three years at Ole Miss, receiving some All-SEC honors in the process, started in the 1981 Senior Bowl and then was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Read the article here.

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