Thursday, May 26, 2011

Expect To See Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd Playing This Season

The Irish star receiver sat out of spring ball after his third alcohol related arrest in March. A decision regarding his status for the upcoming season has not been made officially, but Head Coach Brian Kelly recently spoke on how Floyd is doing in his bid for a return to South Bend Tribune's Eric Hansen.

“We’re looking at Mike as an ‘all in or not’ situation,” Kelly told the South Bend Tribune. “ In other words, he’s changing his life or he’s not. If he changes the way he’s lived his life, he’ll play every game for us. If he doesn’t, he won’t play one down here at Notre Dame.

“He is at that level. This is not, ‘I’m going to slap you on the hand and sit you for two games’ — because I don’t want to read about him in a year, where it says, ‘Ex-Notre Dame player arrested for X-Y-Z.’ That will be a failing on my part if that happens.”

The fact that Floyd is even still on the team is a switch in policy in South Bend as Hansen writes.

On April 9, Notre Dame’s disciplinary arm — the Office of Residence Life — broke precedent and elected not to suspend Floyd for the 2011 season. Similar cases under old Res Life leadership had resulted in a season-long suspension.

In this case, the new regime of Res Life elected to let Kelly largely design the blueprint for Floyd’s possible redemption.

While Kelly sounds very stern in his punishment for Floyd, his words also hint that Floyd's return is very likely.

“Having said this, I’m very optimistic. I’m not going to paint a bleak picture. He’s done some things, that I can’t get into relative to changing his life, in which reports back from professionals are really optimistic. But he’s got to handle all these things before we start thinking about playing in the fall.”

When the Irish take the field against South Florida for their opener, I would be shocked not to see Floyd running out of the tunnel.  The Irish's BCS hopes depend on it.

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