When last we heard from Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd, the All-American candidate at wide receiver was being permitted to join his teammates for summer workouts even as he’s yet to be fully reinstated to the football program.
Prior to that, head coach Brian Kelly had made it perfectly clear that Floyd will either play all 12 games in 2011 or none at all, meaning there would be no one- or two-game suspensions for the receiver.
Tuesday, Kelly reiterated that stance, that Floyd would either be a member of the program for the entire season or not at all. However, the coach also sounded more optimistic than ever that Floyd is doing all of the right things that will allow him to return for the season.
“He makes one mistake, in terms of how he handles himself, he doesn’t play here ever. There is no suspension, there is no sit for one game. He’s got to live his life the right way,” Kelly, as relayed by the Chicago Tribune prior to an event benefiting the awareness and prevention of breast cancer, said before turning into a glass-is-damn-near-full kinda coach.
“If he does that — and all the signs point toward he’s moving in that direction — then I expect him to play every game. That’s why I’ve been optimistic. …
“He’s still actively involved in doing the things he needs to take care of. He’s finishing up some community service work, he just turned that in. He’s got some work to do on some other personal issues. But he’s making good progress. I’m very optimistic right now.
“When I talk to Mike, I get a good read. when you look somebody in the eye and you feel like you’re getting the right vibes from him – that’s how I feel about him right now. But he’s still got a ways to go and his status won’t change until we get to the school year.”
Floyd was arrested on a drunk-driving charge in the middle of March, his third alcohol-related incident since coming to South Bend. He was suspended indefinitely shortly after the arrest became public knowledge, and has been gradually working his way out of Kelly’s doghouse ever since.