Clemson University’s “can’t miss” running back prospect Mike Bellamy has been ruled academically ineligible to play football in 2012.
The former five-star recruit – one of the jewels of head coach Dabo Swinney’s 2010 recruiting class – will enroll in junior college this summer in an effort to get his once-promising career back on track.
Tiger fans were ecstatic about landing the Parade All-American, and Bellamy wowed the crowd at Death Valley last September by racing for a 75-yard touchdown against Troy on his first collegiate carry.
Things didn’t pan out from that point forward, though – on or off the field.
Bellamy was suspended for the first half of the Boston College game for complaining about his playing time on Facebook, and he also missed the Tigers’ ACC championship victory over Virginia Tech and blowout Orange Bowl loss to West Virginia.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound speedster also had trouble hanging onto the football – fumbling in key situations in losses to Georgia Tech and North Carolina State. Bellamy rushed for 343 yards on 57 attempts in his only season at Clemson – scoring three touchdowns.
Bellamy’s ineligibility is the latest bad news to befall the Tigers this off-season. Earlier this month, All-American wide receiver Sammy Watkins was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance (Adderall and Vyvanse) and simple possession of marijuana, both misdemeanors.
Clemson went 10-4 last season and captured the program’s first ACC championship in twenty years. However the Tigers were humbled for the third straight year by their arch-rivals at the University of South Carolina prior to being humiliated by West Virginia.
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