No timeline set for Michael Floyd return
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says there is no timeline for bringing back suspended wide receiver Michael Floyd.
Kelly suspended Floyd indefinitely on Monday following his weekend arrest on suspicion of drunken driving. Authorities say his blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. He is scheduled to appear in court on May 2.
Floyd's senior season could be in jeopardy due to repeated alcohol offenses. According to a Hennepin County (Minn.) District Court spokeswoman, Floyd was cited for underage alcohol consumption on May 15, 2009, and later pleaded guilty. He was also cited for underage drinking in Minneapolis on Jan. 8, 2010, not far from his hometown of St. Paul, Minn.
The Notre Dame student handbook says that a second violation of the school's alcohol policy allows for the Office of Residence Life and Housing to "separate the student from the University for at least one academic semester."
The handbook has a definition for a second violation:
"A second offense is a second violation of the 'driving under the influence' policy or a first-time violation of this policy with at least one previous violation of the intoxication policy."
Kelly said Tuesday he wasn't aware of the 2009 incident involving Floyd.
"Let's put it this way, from my perspective, those incidents, if they are brought to my attention, we are going to handle them like any other scenarios," Kelly said. "We are going to get the facts. And I don't know that we processed through any of those."
Floyd was driving a white Cadillac at 3:18 a.m. Sunday when he ran a stop sign about a block from the school's main entrance, according to an affidavit from St. Joseph County deputy prosecutor Chris Daniels.
Floyd failed three sobriety tests and a breathalyzer test showed he had a blood-alcohol level of 0.19, well above Indiana's legal limit for driving of 0.08 percent, Daniels said.
Floyd was supposed to be a team captain in 2011.
"There's a range of emotions that you have. I think it's a lot like a parent would have, from anger to disappointment to making sure that something like that in his life never happens again," Kelly said Tuesday, the day before spring drills begin.
"I think you go through the gamut of all those things. We want to be able to support Mike, but also understand that this was a serious, serious offense, and so I think all those emotions play in it when you first hear about something like that."
The 6-foot-3, 227-pound Floyd holds the school record for touchdown catches (28) and ranks second in school history in catches (171) and third in receiving yards (2,539). He had 79 catches for 1,025 yards and 12 TDs last season. Floyd wasn't listed on the depth chart, roster or returning statistical leaders in the team's spring prospectus handed out Tuesday.
Kelly said the Irish will turn to John Goodman, Daniel Smith and Luke Massa to fill in at wide receiver spot. Returning starters at wideout are T.J. Jones and Theo Riddick, while Robby Toma also has experience.
Kelly said quarterback Dayne Crist, who ruptured a patellar tendon last season and underwent a season-ending surgery for the season straight year, should be able to practice during spring drills but could be limited.
Star linebacker Manti Te'o will be limited in the spring after arthroscopic surgery to clean up cartilage in a knee. Nose guard Sean Cwynar, who had surgery on both his back and his foot, will not participate in spring drills.
The Irish have moved two receivers and special team performers, Bennett Jackson and Austin Collinsworth, to the secondary. Early enrollee Brad Carrico has been moved from the defensive line to the offensive line.
Kelly said he's also hired a new head trainer in Rob Hunt from Oklahoma State and juggled some coaching responsibilities. Offensive line coach Ed Warinner has added run game coordinator duties; Kerry Cooks switches from outside linebackers to cornerbacks with defensive coordinator Bob Diaco adding outside linebacker to his duties; and recruiting coordinator Chuck Martin, who worked with defensive backs a year ago, will coach the safeties.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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