Michael Floyd Arrested for DUI

On the eve of the opening of spring practice, Notre Dame received some potentially devastating news when it was reported that star wide receiver Michael Floyd was arrested for driving under the influence over the weekend by Notre Dame campus police.

Star Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd was suspended indefinitely by Brian Kelly after being arrested for a DUI over the weekend. (Photo - IconSMI)

Monday night both Floyd and Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly released statements about Floyd’s run in with the law.

Predictably, Kelly suspended his star wide receiver indefinitely saying:

“I’ve spoken to Michael Floyd and his mother and, in light of what took place this past weekend, I let him know he has been suspended indefinitely from football team-related activities. Football needs to take a backseat at the moment while Michael gets his life in order, and while I don’t know when Michael will be reinstated, it will not happen until Michael demonstrates he has successfully modified his behavior and the legal and university disciplinary matters have run their respective courses. What’s most important right now is Michael focusing on maturing and developing more as a person while working to improve his decision-making processes.”

Floyd meanwhile expressed regret for the situation stating:

“First of all, I want to apologize to my family, friends, teammates, coaches, the University and the extended Notre Dame family for my behavior this weekend. I understand the gravity of the decision I made and how it could have had catastrophic effects on myself and others. I’ve talked to Coach Kelly and I accept the decision he made. I absolutely recognize that I have many things to work on to become a better person and will need to regain the trust of all whom I have hurt within my immediate family and the Notre Dame family. I fully intend to spend the immediate future improving myself to become a better member of our community.”

On Tuesday, Kelly also announced that Floyd was striped of his status as a team captain, but could at a later date be given his captaincy back if he is reinstated.

That, however, is in doubt right now.  Floyd had a previous alcohol incident last year when he was cited for under age drinking in Minnesota.  How severe Floyd’s punishment from the University will likely depend on how that previous incident is viewed by the University.

Just two months ago Floyd had Notre Dame fans rejoicing by announcing he planned to return to Notre Dame for his senior season, but now that senior season is in jeopardy.  We’ll leave the speculating for how severe of a punishment Floyd receives for another day and focus instead on how this relates to the Irish this spring though.

Regardless of his punishment, it’s almost certain Floyd won’t return to the playing field for the Irish until after spring practice concludes, at the earliest, which puts the Irish in a bind at wide receiver.

Floyd was the best wide receiver on the team heading into spring.   He is also the only establish physical receiver on the Irish roster.  Returning starters TJ Jones and Theo Riddick are talented in their own right, but neither poses the physical mismatch Floyd held against almost every cornerback he faced.

Notre Dame has some other big receivers on the roster – Deion Walker, John Goodman, and Daniel Smith – but none has done much to show they are ready for steady playing time to this point.   Kelly was very complimentary of Walker on Tuesday, but to this point Walker has done not much at all on the field.  The staff was also very high on Smith last season, but the rising sophomore did not crack the wide receiver rotation a season ago.

Developing one of these physical receivers that can be a red zone threat now becomes one of the biggest priorities of the spring with Floyd’s status for the upcoming season so uncertain.


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  1. Shazamrock 9 years ago

    Steven Garcia, QB for South Carolina, has just been suspended for the fifth time. The fifth time!
    In that conference it’s all about doing whatever it takes to win football games.
    Michael Floyd, by comparision, is an alter boy.
    It’s nice to know that there are still some schools that hold to the original values for which college football was built upon.
    Not very realistic in todays world, but admirable.

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  2. scav 9 years ago

    I don’t think Kelly is keeping him off for show, I think he is going to keep him off until he is tried in court. When he spoke of the situation, he kept mentioning academics and Floyd might have fallen behind due to the stress of this. He probably will not be reinstated until the fall because Kelly said it has only been 3 weeks. Anyone can change for 3 weeks, I’m sure Kelly wants to see Floyd respond to this for the long haul.

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  3. FXM 9 years ago

    The Scout.com site says no RES Life punishment for Floyd that it will be up to BK.

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    1. irishspartan 9 years ago

      Not true. Res Life is enforcing public service (and perhaps other penalties). However, he’s not suspended.

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      1. FXM 9 years ago

        The point is there are no football ramifications, who cares if he has to wash the latrine with a toothbrush. The big deal will be what the law may do with him. BK will feel some heat to hit him with 4 – 6 games I am sure.

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      2. spiceyirish 9 years ago

        Do you think that Coach Kelly keeping him off the team for this moment is just for show?

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  4. IrishChan 9 years ago

    Just caught some video of Nix in one-on-one drills (Und.com). This kid is going to be the monster in the middle! Not one offensive linemen could man handle him. He was a brick wall.

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  5. cousinnap 9 years ago

    One issue here that no one has touched is that this is not the first offense here – I believe it is his third such offense. If ND means anything then the school policy has to come into play or let’s stop downing the SEC – Miami and all the rest – not sure of the details of the Stonebreaker case – but again gets back to this is strike three

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    1. SteelfanRob 9 years ago


      I agree. No special rules for football players. But also don’t make them examples either just because they’re football players. That’s equally wrong. MF definitely needs help. Throwing him out of school or the team won’t do that for him.


      I believe that this is technically Floyd’s first DUI. The other 2 incidents also involved some kind of alcohol but MF wasn’t driving. No excuses, however. He should know better!

      Having said that, let’s not call for this young man’s head as if that were the solution. MF would be better served staying on the team and doing some maturing under BK and his staff. That’s my opinion, at least.

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      1. JDH 9 years ago

        I agree completely SFR.
        And it is his FIRST DUI. He’s had two prior tickets for underage drinking. So it’s his 3rd alcohol-related offense. The first two were off campus and out of state, in Minnesota.

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  6. SteelFanRob 9 years ago


    Has anyone yet answered your questions? It seems people have been talking right past your challenges. The fact of the matter is, as jack has pointed out, there is a university precedent here (i.e., the case of Michael Stonebreaker in the late 1980s). I’m no barrister, but even I know that precedents carry some weight to them. I’d like for someone who has called for MF’s expulsion or suspension from the football team to allegedly preserve the university’s integrity to explain to jack and me (and no doubt others) how ND ceased to be ND when it allowed Stonebreaker to continue to play for the Irish back in the day. Please enlighten us on the facts of that case and how MF’s case is different and thus should be handled more severely.

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    1. Patrick 9 years ago

      Thank you.

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  7. SteelFanRob 9 years ago


    I guess the fears of some here is that if ND shows MF some or any kind of leniency here, then the school would be well on its way to becoming UF, Tenn., or Auburn. Their way of thinking seems to be that one is either totally unforgiving or totally libertine.

    Well, that’s the classic fallacy of the so-called “excluded middle.” For instance, I, for one, don’t have to accept either strong-man authoritarianism or unfettered libertarianism. There are plenty of socio-political choices in between (e.g., democracy [not to be confused with the Democratic Party], republicanism [not to be confused with the Republican Party], etc.). Thus, I don’t have to turn a blind eye to MF’s offenses (a la SEC schools) or call for his head (as some here have done). No! Instead, I can ask for ND to take into consideration all the facts and then render a fair judgment that hopefully does right by all parties involved, including (but not limited to) MF himself.

    People, can’t we find some common or middle ground on this for the sake of everyone involved in this sad turn of events?

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    1. JDH 9 years ago

      Great post SFR. I don’t want any “special rules” for ND athletes. They should be the same for all students. But clearly MF needs some help- maybe he’s not an alcoholic, but alcohol sure ain’t doing him any favors.

      At ND, we don’t make excuses for bad behavior but hopefully we don’t throw away talented young people either, unless absolutely warranted.

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  8. DeltaIrish 9 years ago

    Don’t get me wrong….DUI is a terrible offense and those that do it should be punished. Whether that means MF sits, gets expelled or some degree of either, I don’t know.

    I will say this though, being an Irish fan in SEC country is a unique situation. While we debate about whether a star player should be kicked out over an alchol offense, SEC fans wouldn’t even be discussing such an offense. Hell, they are too busy rationalizing away a star player’s prior rape arrest, gang affiliation or agent payment plan. A little perspective goes a long way.

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  9. tommy651 9 years ago

    if he was an english major in the glee club would anybody here care if the school expelled him for a year? hell no! its only because he is a football player that anyone thinks he should be disciplined differently. there was a time when that wouldn’t have mattered at notre dame, that was when it was a catholic school.

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    1. NDforever 9 years ago

      Be quiet. You don’t speak for everyone.

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    2. Patrick 9 years ago

      Give me a break. If you think, for one second, a Notre Dame football player is just another student, you’re completely wrong. People may ATTEMPT to portray it that way, both within and outside the institution – but the facts dictate otherwise.

      The truth is, without a Notre Dame football player, there is no “Gug” no roaming campus with immaculate architecture, no TV deal, no national following and more than likely – we’d be Ohio State, Michigan or Alabama fans.

      But that is not the case. The reality is, millions of dollars are riding on whether he plays or not. And I’m not talking about his NFL salary. I’m talking about the difference between the Sun Bowl and Orange Bowl.

      Tell me Notre Dame doesn’t care about that. Tell me we as fans, don’t care whether we go to a December bowl vs the BCS.

      If you do, I’ll tell you Harvard, Yale and Princeton would welcome you with open arms to their fan base.

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  10. scav 9 years ago

    Was reading some interesting comments about D. Walker and the coaches are giving the impression that he didn’t give 100% everyday and that is why he has been sitting. Said he has the talent, but did not deserve to play based on his effort.

    They said he is a new man this year and is doing the things necessary to be a contributor. Do we have another Maurice Stovall on our hands? I think it would be great to see this kid shine, especially if Floyd is not around.

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    1. Shazamrock 9 years ago

      All major football programs go through loosing players.
      Some for achedemic reasons, some to injuries, some transfer and others to off field issues or rule violations.
      MF’s loss is a opertunity for someone else.
      Tommy Rees stepped in for Dane Crist, Eifert for Rudolph.
      Getting some of these other guys in the line up is not necessarily a bad thing.
      They always say that you can’t replace a player like Micheal Floyd. Until someone steps up and does it.
      And if Floyd should return to the starting line up, ND will be all that much better.

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    2. ted 9 years ago

      i would love to see walker step up and have a good year. this is the first time i have heard kelly talk about him…i guess we will get a glimpse at the blue gold game

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  11. SteelFanRob 9 years ago


    Bravo! Bravo!

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  12. teo 9 years ago

    Nobody cared about Michael Floyd until he was catching touchdown passes. Then everyone wanted to be his friend, to give him a “free” education, to be around him and to tell their friends they know Mike Floyd. They even wanted him to go get one of his friends, another superstar, to join the university where Mike is getting his “free” education.

    There’s plenty of pressure with this. During the offseason, when he’s not catching TDs, Mike drinks, gets caught — one time — and pays the fine and stays clean for awhile. He has the junior season of his life and those who know him now tell him to stay in school and finish his degree. Said people, of course, have a lot at stake with the all star receiver’s career path.

    He stays, showing his loyalty to the university, to his coach, to his friends. One night, again, he screws up, has too many drinks and leaves the party behind the wheel. He gets caught.

    Everyone — his friends, his fans, his Mom — wants to hang him now because he’s from the university that they love. They look at him like he betrayed the university, its alumni and fans.

    Did he make a mistake? Of course he did. Was it dangerous to get behind the wheel of a car while under the influence of alcohol? Absolutely. But Mike is a human being. And he screws up like human beings screw up. I feel badly for him and the university should, too. It should give him the resources he needs to cope with the pressure he experiences and the problems that can flow from the pressure.

    Kicking him out of school would make no sense. He’d be deprived of the opportunity to graduate, which is huge given that he’s sacrificed half of his Saturday afternoons and, well, all of his summer and fall weekdays fighting for the school by wearing a football uniform on the weekends. At the very minimum, the kid deserves a shot to graduate. As I mention above, he also deserves to play in his senior season. He’s a talented kid who is coming back to school to play football. Absolutely, wearing the Notre Dame uniform is a privilege. And, he made a mistake. Clear up the mistake – give him the resources needed to address his problem — and help make sure that he graduates and can move on with his life after 2012.

    Don’t abandon him.

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    1. TCS 9 years ago

      won’t matter anyways,,,he is still on probation from the last incident, staying in school is the least of his worries. Can you say parole violation. just saying.

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  13. Power Run The Ball 9 years ago

    Lets just hope that FLoyd quits drinking before he makes a mistake that he really regrets.. If he quits drinking , i wil be satified because that is the best thing for him….As a Guiness lover, I understand the difficulty of not drinking…. I also understand that when you drink you make bad decisions. FLoyd is young, dumb and full of fun right now and can’t handle it…. Who cares about penalty and public opinion…. Lets care about Floyd and hope he gets himself fixed.

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    1. jack 9 years ago

      Great analysis on Floyd and Guiness. I hope the kid realizes he has a problem with alcohol and just doesn’t drink anymore.

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  14. ted 9 years ago

    1-4 game suspension is completely reasonable.

    what purpose would kicking him out of school serve? rehabilitation? do we think preventing someone from getting a college degree will actually prevent them from recidivism? no. kicking him out of school would be unnecessarily punitive. only mike can change mike and the criminal justice system is in place to ensure he doesn’t do it again, not nd.

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  15. Chi-town Copper 9 years ago

    Tommy Z is now 3-0 as a pro! Scored a 4rd UD last night

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