CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 22: Mike Bellamy #5 of the Clemson Tigers fights off the tackle of Kareem Martin #95 of the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
Bellamy is gone, and if you can't pass any classes because you've been skipping them, as I know he has been doing for some time, you don't get any sympathy from me. Below is from the Clemson release:
The freshman from Nocatee, Fla. has been ruled academically ineligible for the fall semester and plans to enter a junior college this summer.
"I am proud of the improvements Mike Bellamy made in the spring semester in a number of areas," said Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney. "We gave him the opportunity to return to school in January and to grow as a player and a person and by all accounts from his teammates and coaches, he was doing well.
"But, in the end, he came up short academically. We wish him well and hope he can get back on track in the classroom and continue his football career at a junior college this fall."
Bellamy rushed 57 times for 343 yards in 2011 as a true freshman. His 6.0 average was best on the team and his 343 total rushing yards ranked second behind Andre Ellington. He also had four kickoff returns for 64 yards. He had a 75-yard touchdown run the first time he touched the ball for the Tigers in last year's season opener against Troy.
Bellamy's biggest contribution might have come in the win over Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. when he scored on a 31-yard touchdown run that clinched the Clemson victory over the nation's 10th ranked team.
A Parade All-American and USA Today All-American out of high school, Bellamy played in 12 of the 14 games last year. He was suspended for the ACC Championship game and the Orange Bowl for a violation of team rules.
Such a waste of great talent. Hopefully he can get his head right in the future.
Expect Clemson to offer another scatback speedster soon for the next class.