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Notre Dame's Michael Floyd Involved in Party Fight; Brian Kelly Faces First Test

Dan ScofieldAnalyst IJanuary 12, 2010

All was quiet on the Midwestern front for Brian Kelly during his first month in South Bend.

Today, however, it has been made public that sophomore receiver Michael Floyd was involved in an altercation at the University of Minnesota early on Jan. 8th.

Floyd was also cited for underage consumption of alcohol, as he admitted to having taken "a few shots" earlier in the evening. He was one of the five arrested in result of the fight and came out of the altercation with blood on his clothes and hands.

After suffering a broken collarbone in 2009, Floyd will be the leading returning receiver in 2010 under Kelly. Although Golden Tate had gotten much of the attention during his Biletnikoff-winning final season, Floyd was a big reason for his and the Irish passing game's success.

In addition to being a future early-round pick in the NFL, Floyd is also a key in the recruitment of No. 1 prospect Seantrel Henderson. The two attended the same high school, Cretin-Dernham Hall, in Minnesota and played both basketball and football together.

Earlier this season, Jimmy Clausen was involved in a bar fight with an angry fan after a loss to Connecticut. Clausen, who sported a dark visor for the rest of the season, did not receive any disciplinary punishment for the fight in downtown South Bend.

Luckily for Floyd, the misdemeanor did not occur on his school's campus, which could mean a less harsh punishment for his actions. It has been reported that if Floyd has no previous criminal record, he will most likely receive a fine, a court appearance, or entrance into a program.

Although Kelly might be able to issue a few community service hours, Irish fans will be holding their breathe due to the lack of trust in the Residential Life Office at Notre Dame. In the past, many, including Charlie Weis, have brought up the unfair decisions of Res Life.

During his farewell interview, when asked what the biggest problem was with Notre Dame, Weis responded immediately.

"I just know that if you polled the University, the 84-hundred kids that went there, at least 50 percent of them would say Residence Life."

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