Michael Floyd took a big step today on the path to return to Notre Dame football. All American wide receiver, Michael Floyd, was arrested for drunk driving on March 20th. This was his third alcohol related innocent and this usually means expulsion from the high standards Notre Dame has but like most athletes (Michael Vick and Plaxico Burres), he was given a second or should I say fourth chance to redeem himself.
The Office of Residence Life, Notre Dame’s disciplinary group, decided to break precedent and not suspend him for the 2011 season. This decision surprised people. Instead, Coach Brian Kelly layed down a plan that requires Floyd to take a lot of steps in order to return to the team. Every step has to be completed or else he will not play this year (which would kill our offense).
On the progress Floyd has made here is what Kelly said in a statement today:
“Michael has made steady progress toward modifying his behavior and he may participate in the voluntary workouts being conducted by his teammates as well as the summer strength and conditioning program, if he so chooses.”
Kelly, weeks ago, explained what he still has to do:
“He had a number of things he had to take care of, and he’s checking off the boxes. But he’s got a number that are still out there.”
His cleraence may not come for some time. but as long as he
completes all the necissary steps and doesn’t fail any of them, I don’t see how Notre Dame and Coach Brian Kelly won’t let him back onto the team. He is an All American for a reason (79 recpetions, 1,025 yrads, and 12 touchdowns)