Posted by Tom Fornelli
If you happen to be a Notre Dame fan, I've got some pretty good news for you. According to Irish Illustrated, a website that Notre Dame would not be allowed to look at, wide receiver Michael Floyd will not be suspended for any games this season. At least, not by the school's Office of Residence Life board. Which comes as a relief to Irish fans who had been living in fear that Floyd may not be playing in South Bend this fall.
Multiple sources told Irish Illustrated on Friday that Floyd's punishment handed down by the Office of Residence Life did not include a suspension of any games but will include community service. Floyd's initial hearing with ResLife was last week, followed by today's deliberations.
It is unclear when Brian Kelly will reinstate Floyd to the team or if the head coach could suspend the receiver for games in addition to the punishment handed down by ResLife.
Floyd had been suspended indefinitely by Notre Dame following a DUI arrest, his third alcohol related arrest since 2009. Considering some of the decisions that the Office of Residence Life has handed down to repeat offenders in the past, the idea that Floyd might miss the entire season was not out of the question.
Losing Floyd would have been a huge blow to the Fighting Irish, as he is already the school's all-time leader in touchdown receptions with 28, and he broke that record in only three seasons. That doesn't even factor in the time he missed during his freshman and sophomore seasons due to injuries. Floyd will also begin the 2011 season only 9 receptions short being Notre Dame's all-time leader in that category, and is 169 yards shy of breaking that school record as well.
In other words, he's somewhat important to the Notre Dame offense.