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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
Comments

Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: August 4, 2011 8:23 am
 

Michael Floyd reinstated at Notre Dame

biglebowski 1128,  i actually believe THE GREAT NOTRE DAME did the right thing, if you disagree i guess you can just EAT IT



Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: August 4, 2011 8:05 am
 

Michael Floyd reinstated at Notre Dame

the filth of our nation is out with knives against ND an d M. Floyd for doing something to save a young man's life, how ironic it comes mostly from the scUM fanbase - the bottom of the garbage dump... so jealous of ND and OSU that they stoop to the language of rape, homicide and lies.  it's disturbing, but not unexpected, not anymore.



Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2011 7:22 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! 


this might be the most ignorant, pathetic post Ive ever seen on Sportsline....and that says a lot



Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 11:20 pm
 

Michael Floyd reinstated at Notre Dame

In this particular instance, I can't disagree.  It wasn't like this in the 80's and 90's when I was in my ND prime; and definitely not this way when my Dad told me stories from the 40's and 50's.  It's embarassing.



Since: Jul 26, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 11:05 pm
 

Michael Floyd reinstated at Notre Dame

Gee, what a freaking surprise.  The School Preferred By Jesus Himself sets "higher standards" and the star player meets them.  Yeah, as if they were actually going to not have him on their team.  A student dies becaause no one reads/follows the rules for the lift?  No biggie, it's not as if he was a player; let's play ball.  Star receiver gets his third alcohol-related offense?  No biggie, boys will be boys, we'll tap him on the wrist (wouldn't want to slap it, he may not like it), let's play ball.

What's sad is that it seems as if Notre Dame and Coach Kelly actually believe what they're peddling. 

And please, spare us the "The SEC/Big12/Big 10/Etc. schools would do the same thing" bit.  ND holds itself up as this great model of probity, morality, blah blah blah, and when they get the chance to prove it--they act like the very schools they rail against.



Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 11:04 pm
 

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!  



Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:51 pm
 

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.  



Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:43 pm
 

Michael Floyd reinstated at Notre Dame

Congrats to Michael and Our Lady. This was not an easy decision, a young man's life was in the balance and Kelly was under a ton of pressure to make an example of him - he stood firm and a young man now has a chance at a great life. What many don't understand about ND is that they are not swayed by the whims of a public opinion. Good luck Irish, the whole of America will be rooting you on, because of your courage.

I'm going to assume you're 17 and have an IQ of 35....we'll leave it at that.

You mean the hole of America, as in brown hole.

Courage would have been kicking him off the team.



Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:41 pm
 

Michael Floyd reinstated at Notre Dame

Micflea - where did you get your information that Floyd has had 3 DUIs?  He's had three alcohol related offenses.  While most people wouldn't consider it to be an "offense", this includes underaged drinking.  His two prior "offenses" involved having a drink as a college student while being 20 years old.  I hear it is not that uncommon for college kids to have a drink before they turned 21.  So, your premise that this guy is a third time DUI offender is incorrect.  He was a first time DUI offender and for that he was treated more harshly than any other first offender and had to sweat out months and months of having his season (and perhaps his future livelihood) cancelled.  

I don't condone drinking and driving.  It is a horrible thing to do and the consequences of it are too oft sad and catestophic.  But I also understand that this is unfortunately a very common thing in our society - police make tens of thousands of first time arrests per year (one website says there were over 26,000 arrests last year in Indiana alone).  He made a mistake, he has paid for it, and he is moving on with his life. 



Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:00 pm
 

Michael Floyd reinstated at Notre Dame

I am a die hard Notre Dame fan, and I have trouble getting behind this decision.  The University maintains or passively asserts that it "holds its player athletes to a higher standard".  After following the team for 25 years, I have seen some harsh punishments applied for much less unacceptable behavior; behavior that was glossed over at other schools.  It kills me to say this, but Notre Dame acted like any other school in this instance.  I am quite confident, that if Floyd was a 4th string TE, he would be out of the university.  Granted, he sacrificed the NFL after his junior season to graduate.  If I were ResLife, I would have kicked him off the team, but not the university, you don't ruin a young man's future over a non-felony.  I would have given him the option to graduate or go into the Supp Draft; but definitely not play his senior year.


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