SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- University of Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly introduced his completed staff Friday at Purcell Pavilion and then addressed the first controversy to hit the program under his watch.
Nearly a week after sophomore wide receiver Michael Floyd was cited for underage drinking in his home state of Minnesota, Kelly spoke publicly about the incident for the first time.
"I've had a chance to sit down with Michael," Kelly said. "We reinforced to him ... that making good choices is going to be paramount to his success in this football program."
University of Minnesota police responded on Jan. 8 to a call of an alleged physical altercation on a Minneapolis street. According to police reports, Floyd, with blood on his hands, shirt and feet, admitted to having "a couple shots" and being involved in a physical dispute. The St. Paul native was cited along with four other individuals and released.
"There's some things pending that I can't get into," Kelly said of Floyd, who finished with 795 yards and nine touchdown catches in an injury-shortened 2009 season, second only to Golden Tate, who declared his eligibility last month for the NFL draft.
Kelly said Floyd's fate likely hinges on the decisions of Notre Dame's Office of Residence Life and those made by athletic department officials.
"It starts with the university level, and it works into to the athletic department then it goes down to the football program," he said. "I'll be honest with you, over the past five or six years, that has, in a large degree, rendered the football coach really out of the process when it comes to discipline.
"[Players are] going to get nicked on one or two [levels] before they get to you. That doesn't mean that Michael is absolved of anything. It means that those processes are going to take their course first before it gets to me. It doesn't mean that I'm not going to sit down with Michael, like I did, and talk about accountability, responsibility and making good choices. "