Kelly: Floyd has work to do to ‘be an active member of our team’
The good news for Michael Floyd is that Notre Dame’s Office of Residence Life decided against a suspension following a drunk-driving arrest. The bad news for the All-American candidate is that his head coach is not yet ready to fully embrace a return to the program.
In other words, Floyd will continue to serve his suspension through at least the end of spring practice. Following practice Saturday, though, Kelly expounded a little on his earlier statement and made it sound as if a suspension from the football program was very much on the table.
“Michael’s suspended and that’s indefinite,” Kelly said. “Everybody has jumped to conclusions that Mike Floyd is going to play football,” Kelly said after Saturday’s practice. “Mike has so many things on his plate that he has to handle before he can even think about football — academics and personally. He’s got a lot of things in front of him, a lot of hurdles that he’s going to have to go through before we even start thinking of football”
For his part, Floyd was contrite in his own statement released by the school.
The March arrest was his third alcohol-related brush with the law since coming to South Bend, making the fact that he wasn’t slapped with a semester suspension following a disciplinary hearing head-scratching to say the least. Guess that’s what happens, though, when you’re the most talented player on the football team and on the verge of becoming the all-time leader in every major statistical receiving category.
Whether Kelly sees the situation differently and can pull the suspension trigger, however, remains to be seen.