One outcome you can rule out for suspended Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd: a couple of games sat out, and then a sudden return to the Irish sidelines.
That was the message delivered Tuesday by Irish head coach Brian Kelly, who said that depending on his actions between now and the season opener, Floyd would end up playing the entire 2011 campaign ... or miss it completely:
“We’re looking at Mike as an ‘all in or not’ situation,” Kelly told the South Bend Tribune. “ In other words, he’s changing his life or he’s not. If he changes the way he’s lived his life, he’ll play every game for us. If he doesn’t, he won’t play one down here at Notre Dame.Kelly said Floyd had to this point been "checking off the boxes" on the list of changes required for his reinstatement: a specific GPA, community service, a court date June 7. He added that he remained "very optimistic" that Floyd would continue to meet those requirements and would, presumably, be back in an Irish uniform this fall.
“He is at that level. This is not, ‘I’m going to slap you on the hand and sit you for two games’ — because I don’t want to read about him in a year, where it says, ‘Ex-Notre Dame player arrested for X-Y-Z.’ That will be a failing on my part if that happens.”
But he also cautioned that after three alcohol-related offenses and what sounds like Kelly's personal intervention with the Notre Dame Office of Residence Life to keep Floyd from being suspended for the entire 2011 season, nothing was certain:
“There’s no gray area anymore,” Kelly said. “There just can’t be. Too many times it’s been, ‘I’ll change.’ Look, you’re parenting a young man whose close to being a teenager. As much as it hurts to say, ‘He’s done at Notre Dame,’ if he doesn’t change his life, he’s done at Notre Dame. He’s not going to play here."Given that Floyd remains the Irish's most effective, most explosive offensive weapon, the difference between their long-awaited return to the BCS and another disappointing season could well rest on Floyd remaining "all in."