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Michael Floyd reinstated at Notre Dame

Posted on: August 3, 2011 11:13 am
Edited on: August 3, 2011 12:07 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

In a move that everyone knew would be coming eventually, but just weren't sure when, Notre Dame announced on Wednesday that wide receiver Michael Floyd had been fully reinstated to the football team.

"From the very beginning of this process, Michael knew what was expected for him to be a member of our football program," said Brian Kelly in a release.

"Based on my own observations, I am very pleased with the progress Michael has made since March. That is why I am comfortable reinstating him to our football team."

As I said, this does not come as a surprise. When Floyd was able to get by Notre Dame's ResLife disciplinary board back in April without a suspension or even a possible expulsion it was only a matter of time before he rejoined the football team. He was then cleared for voluntary summer workouts with the team over the summer.

Floyd had been arrested on March 20th for a DUI, his third alcohol-related arrest since coming to Notre Dame in 2009.

His return to the team is a huge boost to the Irish offense as Floyd is one of the best wide receivers in the country. In his first three seasons in South Bend Floyd has made 171 catches for 2,539 yards and 28 touchdowns. The 28 touchdowns are already the most by any receiver in school history, and barring an injury or another arrest, Floyd will become the school's all-time leader in receptions and yards in 2011 as well.

See video of Michael Floyd talking about his reinstatement here, as well as Brian Kelly here

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2011 6:09 pm

Michael Floyd reinstated at Notre Dame

whats you talkin bout willis?

Since: Mar 16, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2011 6:00 pm

Michael Floyd reinstated at Notre Dame

You are either so stupid or so out of touch. An unbelievable comment.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 5:30 pm

Michael Floyd reinstated at Notre Dame

He's a college student idiot.  The cops probably have it out for him.  Every college student at every college in every state in the nation is getting drunk 3-4 nights a week.  Floyd just got caught.  You are a douche.

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2011 5:22 pm

Michael Floyd reinstated at Notre Dame

is it just me or does he look like he's falling over drunk in this picture? did they let him play drunk too? wow those irish will do anything to win!!!! a half drunk player better than one with a broken leg!!!! go irish, just win baby!!!!

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: August 4, 2011 4:21 pm

Michael Floyd reinstated at Notre Dame

I agree there must be consequences for one's actions.  But haven't there already been consequences for this first time DUI?  He lost his drivers license, he is on probation, he is doing community service. He is paying his so called debt to society through the court system like everyone else who gets caught for a first time DUI.  When he gets his license back, his insurance rates are likely going to be through the roof.  There are a ton of consequences to his actions, as there are in every first time DUI case.  But it didn't end there with the court case.  The school suspended him indefinitely originally.  He had to face the possibility of losing his scholarship and being kicked out of school, let alone off the team.  I suspect that caused some emotional turmoil for the young man. He has had to do everything the school asked him to do (ostensibly involving counseling, abstaining from alcohol, abiding by rules, etc.) before he could be reinstated.  He has done that and has changed his life around.  So, yes there should be consequences to one's actions.  He has had the normal consequences everyone gets when convicted of a first time DUI.  He has endured even more consequences from the team and administration.

What I am having trouble with is seeing why, in addition to everything else he has been through, does he have to get suspended from the team too?  To me, that makes no sense.  The DUI did not occur during a football game. This offense occurred in the off-season from football.  Maybe I can illustrate what I mean better with looking at the real world.   There are 12 people who work in my firm.  If one of them on his or own personal time gets a first time DUI, am I to suspend them or fire them from their job?  Such a consequence doesn't happen to anyone else in the real world, why pray tell should Floyd be fired from the football team, just because he plays football?  While DUI is despicable, it is NOT a felony (at least a first offense isn't) or a crime involving moral turpitude.  If he had robbed someone or beat someone to a pulp or had been in possession of a handgun or something like that, I would be the first calling for suspension or expulsion (and I would similarly likely suspend or fire an employee for such offenses).

In my humble opinion, Michael Floyd has been treated appropriately for this first time DUI.

Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2011 1:54 pm

Michael Floyd reinstated at Notre Dame

 Is'nt it funny how Floyd, Garcia, and all the other scumbags who were "punished" by being suspended during the OFF-SEASON are all conviently back for the start of the opening day of their schools camps? The message? Team first, player second, ethics LAST.

Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2011 1:18 pm

Michael Floyd reinstated at Notre Dame

what the heck, nd didn't do anything for sending that kid to his death on a windy day ,why the hell not some three time drunk play on saturdays, hell ,he can get drunk after the games!!!!!!!

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2011 11:34 am

Michael Floyd reinstated at Notre Dame

John 8:7.  

Seriously.  Floyd made a mistake.  I hear that some of the best people in the world have made mistakes, too. 

Absolutely friend, but even God talks about consequences for your actions (if you want to go there).

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 11:25 am

Michael Floyd reinstated at Notre Dame

"Catholics don't punish child molesting priests, do you think they care about drinking offenses? Plus catholics are the biggest alchies! "

How incredibly ignorant can you be? Your post is no more reasonable than me saying all people from the state of Michigan are auto union thugs. Neither your statements or mine is true but at least I know mine to be inaccurate.

Since: Nov 25, 2010
Posted on: August 4, 2011 10:45 am

Michael Floyd reinstated at Notre Dame

Sure, everyone makes mistakes. But that doesn't mean you should get a free pass for every mistake. Playing football is a privilege, not a right. This kid needs to be sent a message as this is certainly not his first "mistake". Sadly, winning has become more important than doing the right thing, even at Notre Dame.

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