Clemson's Mike Bellamy Won't Return for 2012

7:54 PM, May 15, 2012   |    comments
Mike Bellamy of Clemson runs for a touchdown against Virginia Tech on October 1, 2011. (Getty Images)
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Clemson, SC (WLTX) - Clemson's Mike Bellamy has been ruled academically ineligible, which means he will not play for the Tigers in 2012.

The university issued a statement on its website late Tuesday afternoon explaining its decision.

Bellamy, a running back from Nocatee, Florida, Bellamy rushed 57 times for 343 yards in 2011 as a true freshman. Coming out of high school, he was one of the most coveted recruits in America.

He's expected to transfer to a junior college.

"I am proud of the improvements Mike Bellamy made in the spring semester in a number of areas," said Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney said in a statement. "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 has also been suspended for the ACC Championship game and the Orange Bowl for a violation of team rules.


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