Chad Kelly reached a plea bargain on Monday afternoon and, according to his lawyer, expects to stay on the Ole Miss football team.
Kelly pled guilty to disorderly conduct in exchange for 50 hours of community service and an apology to the Buffalo Police Department, according to Lou Raguse of Buffalo News WIVB. He is allowed to do that community service in Oxford and will be back in town on Tuesday.
Kelly was originally charged with seven misdemeanors stemming from a bar fight in Buffalo, N.Y. just four days after signing with the Rebs.
There has not been any official word from Hugh Freeze or Ole Miss, which is what really matters here. But Kelly's lawyer said he's been in contact with Freeze and believes Kelly will be able to keep his scholarship. Kelly still has to meet with school officials once he's back, but according to Raguse that's "not expected to be a problem."
UPDATE: Freeze told Rebels247 that he plans to speak with Kelly and his family over the phone on Tuesday night, then "take a couple of days and make a decision based on everything after the call."
According to the lawyer, most of the charges were dropped because cell phone video of the fight showed a bouncer throwing the first punch -- and didn't show his client's alleged threats to shoot up the bar with an AK-47. The lawyer said that Kelly doesn't own an AK.
Remember, this thing is not official. Freeze and/or the university may still kick Kelly to the curb. But until that happens...