WOW this hurts and boy has he got to be rethinking not going pro( betetr be his wake up call)
The arrest of Michael Floyd certainly wasn’t the news Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly was looking for as the Fighting Irish get set to open spring practice on Wednesday. The star wide receiver, who surprised many by returning to South Bend for his senior season and bypassing the NFL Draft, was picked up on a DUI charge early Sunday morning in South Bend. The 6-3, 227-pounder could be in even hotter water than a first-time offender because of his citation for underage drinking in January 2010. Because it’s his second offense, Notre Dame’s Residence Life could come down much harsher on Floyd, who caught 79 passes for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns last season while becoming the school's all-time leader in scoring receptions. But not only will the 21-year-old receiver have to deal with a committee, he also has to face Kelly — not an easy task especially after being named one of two captains for 2011 along with Harrison Smith. The second-year head coach lauded Floyd’s work ethic last season after the two didn’t exactly get off to the smoothest of starts in their relationship.
After the Irish built up so much momentum heading into this offseason following their closing four-game winning streak, which included the bowl win over Miami, the team now will have to deal with this distraction during spring drills. Definitely not what Kelly and Co. expected as they begin early preparations for a 2011 season that many people feel could include a BCS invite following an 8-5 campaign in 2010.
sounds like kelly is leavign teh door open IF flyod does all he is ased and reamins clean he will play in fall..
ND's Kelly: Floyd to remain suspended indefinitely
Coach Kelly: "Michael's suspended and that's indefinite"
By Jack McCarthy Special to the Tribune 1:33 p.m. CDT, April 9, 2011
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Michael Floyd's football career remains on hold as the Notre Dame wide receiver deals with the fallout from last month's alcohol-related arrest.
The 21-year-old senior cleared one hurdle on Friday when the university's Office of Residence Life opted not to issue a semester suspension from school.
But Irish football coach Brian Kelly said on Saturday that football remains a very low priority.
"Michael's suspended and that's indefinite," Kelly told reporters after Notre Dame's latest spring practice. "This is not about football ... Mike has so many things on his plate that he has to handle before he can even think about football -- academics and personally."
Notre Dame's leading receiver in 2010, Floyd played in 12 games and had 79 receptions for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns.
He was indefinitely suspended by Kelly following a March 20 arrest for operating a vehicle while intoxicated -- his third alcohol-related incident -- and faced up to a semester suspension by the university's Office of Residence Life.
Floyd earlier had two underage alcohol-related citations in his home state of Minnesota and still faces a May court appearance related to the March arrest.
In a statement released by the school, Floyd expressed regret for poor decisions and appreciation for an opportunity to stay in school.
"I'm grateful that I still have a chance to earn my degree and be a member of the football team," he said. "I know that I still need to meet requirements set by the University and Coach Kelly, and that I have a lot of work to do that and to prove that I've grown from the experience."
As part of the suspension, Floyd has not participated in Irish spring drills and he's not listed on the spring roster or in Notre Dame's spring prospectus.
"He has a lot of hurdles to go through before we even start thinking about football," Kelly said. "What I'm pleased is what Mike told and shared with me was that he's going to be in school. The most important thing for Michael Floyd is to get his degree."
In three seasons, Floyd has 171 catches for 2,539 yards and a school record 28 touchdown catches.