May 2, 2011, 8:09 PM EDT
For those looking to read into Michael Floyd’s not guilty plea on misdemeanor drunk driving charges, you’re going to have to wait a few more weeks.
Represented by his attorney William Stanley , the rising senior wide receiver wasn’t in court today but his attorney hopes to have a plea agreement in place by his new court date, now set for June 7 in South Bend.
Floyd’s discipline with the University is already complete, with the office of Residence Life allowing Floyd to continue schooling as he deals with an undisclosed punishment set forth by Notre Dame. But his role on the football team won’t be determined until head coach Brian Kelly sees that Floyd has finalized the legal process and gets his life in order, the second step reportedly coming along better than the first.
According to the South Bend Tribune, Floyd’s attorney told the court they “want to dispose of this as quickly as possible,” a sign that any not guilty plea is only a placeholder while Floyd’s legal representation strikes a deal with prosecutors. That deal will likely be heavy on community service and not allow much wiggle room for the 21-year-old to make any other missteps, likely similar to the arrangements he’ll make with both Kelly and the school’s administration.
With the school year coming to a close and summer workouts slated for June, it’ll be important for Floyd to close the book on this incident and get incorporated into workouts that many assumed he’d be directing, as one of two captains on the football team.
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