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Chad Kelly issued an apology Wednesday through his uncle, Dan Kelly:

“I have apologized to the coaching staff for my behavior,” Kelly said in the release. “I am disappointed in myself. I let down not only my coaches and teammates, but also Clemson University and all of our fans. Most importantly, I’ve let down myself and my family.

“I have always been competitive to a fault, winning at all costs. I let my emotions get the best of me, culminating in this unfortunate situation with Coach (Dabo) Swinney and the Clemson Tigers.

”What’s most important now is that I use this experience to grow as a student, as an athlete, and most importantly, as a man.

“Right now, I’m optimistic about the future. It’s not going to be easy, but no matter what happens, I’ll be a better person both on and off the field.”