Kelly Bryant is set to leave the Clemson football program. On Wednesday, Sept. 26, the Greenville News reported that the senior quarterback has informed Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney that he will be leaving the Tigers program and taking advantage of the NCAA’s new redshirt rule that will allow him to keep his final year of eligibility.
“I feel like it’s what’s best for me and my future,” Bryant said told the outlet. “I was just going to control what I could control and try to make the most of my opportunity, but at the end of the day, I just don’t feel like I’ve gotten a fair shot.”
The news comes just one day after Swinney told the media that he would be “disappointed” if Bryant decided to leave the team.
From The State:
Swinney added that he would be “disappointed” if Bryant chose to sit out the rest of the year and then transfer. But he also said he would understand if that’s what Bryant decides he wants to do.
Bryant did admit that he felt slighted by the decision.
“They asked me how I felt about it,” Bryant said. “I was like, ‘I’m not discrediting Trevor. He’s doing everything asked of him, but on my side of it, I feel like I haven’t done anything to not be the starter. I’ve been here. I’ve waited my turn. I’ve done everything y’all have asked me to do, plus more.’
“I’ve never been a distraction. I’ve never been in trouble with anything. To me, it was kind of a slap in the face.”
Bryant started the past 18 games for Clemson. Now, the Tigers offense will be led by freshman signal-caller Trevor Lawrence.
Next up for the Tigers is a Saturday, Sept. 29 meeting with the Syracuse Orange. Kickoff between Clemson and Syracuse at Clemson Memorial Stadium is set for 12:00 p.m. ET on ABC.
What Is The New NCAA Transfer Rule?
Under the new NCAA transfer rules, players are able to use their redshirt if they play four or fewer games during the season. By using the redshirt, they can then transfer to another program without losing a year of eligibilty.