Before Friday, the question was whether star wide receiver Michael Floyd would play for Notre Dame at all in 2011 after sanctions from the school in the wake of a March arrest. Now it's likely a matter of when.
Floyd has told people the school's Office of Residence Life did not suspend him after a decisive Friday hearing, a source who spoke with Floyd told the Tribune.
Irish Illustrated also is reporting that Res Life did not issue a suspension, instead sanctioning Floyd with community service.
He still must go through the legal system and Irish coach Brian Kelly could discipline him further, but the most monumental hurdle to playing this fall apparently has been cleared. Residence Life, the school's disciplinary arm, had precedent to issue a semester suspension that would have pulled the plug on Floyd's senior season.
Notre Dame officials did not return messages seeking comment. Floyd's return, though, would be a massive boost for a program seeking a return to BCS-level play -- an unlikely goal with the school's all-time leader in touchdown catches banned.
Early on March 20, Floyd was arrested and charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated, with prosecutors saying he registered a .19 on the breath test. Kelly suspended Floyd indefinitely after the incident, for which Floyd has a May 2 court date.
Floyd also had underage drinking citations in 2009 and 2010, putting his career in jeopardy based on precedent.
The school suspended tight end Will Yeatman for the balance of the 2008 season after his second of two alcohol-related legal run-ins, and he ultimately transferred. Fullback Rashon Powers-Neal was suspended for the balance of 2005 after a DUI arrest.