Floyd will know soon if he needs supplemental draft path
Wide receiver Michael Floyd will learn soon whether or not he will be able to play football at Notre Dame in the fall or if he’ll have to make the kind of decision that rarely leads to a productive start to an NFL career – enter the supplemental draft.
Floyd was arrested for drunken driving on March 20 and according to Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune he will have a hearing with the school’s Office of Residence Life in the next week. Kelly could be suspended for a portion of the season or he could be done playing football in South Bend, Ind.
“What I heard was that he would be meeting with Residential Life this week," Irish coach Brian Kelly said after Friday’s spring practice. “And that some kind of decision relative to that meeting would be very soon after.”
The team’s leading receiver in 2010, Kelly made the decision to return to school after receiving an evaluation from the draft advisory committee. If the Irish don’t want him back – and he had a previous brush with the law involving alcohol – then he could be forced to go the route of the supplemental draft.
"He's already taken definitive action," Kelly said of Floyd. "I'm not going to get into his personal life, but I think you can read between the lines. He's already reached out to make that happen in a very positive way. So he understands he needs to be educated. And he's started that process.
"Look, I'm a teacher and an educator. From my perspective, I'm always thinking about educational opportunities, so I always think in those terms. My first reaction is always about how can we learn. But that's me. I'm not in that there office.”
If the school would have dealt with the accidental death of student Declan Sullivan, who fell from a lift while videotaping practice in high winds, that issue would have some closure too. Of course, that situation doesn’t have the bearing on the 2011 season like the availability of Floyd does.
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