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Kelly stands by Floyd, handling of discipline

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly isn't going to worry about what others think of how he handled disciplining star receiver Michael Floyd, who was reinstated after being suspended from the team after a March 20 arrest for DWI.

During a news conference Wednesday in South Bend, Kelly explained why he didn't feel it was necessary to sit the senior for a quarter, a half, a game or multiple games.

"I didn't believe suspending him a game or two was going to make the difference," Kelly told reporters. "Michael had to make the choice. … I've been disappointed in the past by others. I don't think that's going to happen here. But we use all those experiences to make the right decision."

Floyd pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges June and was place on probation for a year.

Notre Dame's Office of Residence Life, which handles disciplinary actions at the university, allowed Floyd to remain in school after the receiver agreed to certain stipulations that included living on campus this year and doing community service.

Floyd also made changes in his personal life.

"I changed the friends I hang out with," Floyd said. "I think that's an important step for me. The guys all around me were positive, guys who stay out of trouble and don't make mistakes and are good decision-makers. That's what I'm doing now, which is moving forward and just making sure I stay on the positive side of anything."

Although Floyd will not miss a down when Notre Dame opens the season at home against South Florida on Sept. 3, Kelly said there is still work for the receiver to do.

"We haven't reached a destination point," Kelly said. "He knows he has all eyes on him. There's an intense amount of scrutiny. There are cynics out there that look at this as we had this put together from day one. We can't change what people think.

"But we try to make good decisions based upon the pattern that we've seen, and I trust Mike based upon what I've seen over the last four-and-a-half months, and I expect to continue that trust."

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