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Updated: Michael Dyer suspended for Chick-fil-A Bowl

Michael Dyer, Melvin Ingram

Auburn started out as an early favorite, albeit by the slightest of margins, to beat Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. That line may move in UVA’s favor if this next rumor turns out to be true.

The school has confirmed by way of the Birmingham News that running back Michael Dyer has been suspended for the bowl game for a violation of team rules.

Both and, the and affiliates for the school, reported that Dyer was suspended on Sunday morning. The Birmingham News later cited sources who confirmed the suspension.

CFT’s email to Auburn seeking confirmation on the reports was not immediately returned.

Dyer, the Offensive MVP of last year’s BCS national title, finished the season with 1,242 yards and 12 touchdowns — second in the SEC behind only Alabama’s Trent Richardson. If nothing else, it’s a huge loss in production for Auburn’s offense, which has struggled down the stretch. Tre Mason could see more touches in the bowl game, but he’s had only 19 carries this season.

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16 Responses to “Updated: Michael Dyer suspended for Chick-fil-A Bowl”
  1. patau61 says: Dec 11, 2011 9:32 AM


  2. bamasleeper13 says: Dec 11, 2011 9:49 AM

    What a doof, why do they do stuff to hurt their team?

  3. woebegong says: Dec 11, 2011 9:52 AM

    I wonder if he got the terminology mixed up, with “leave it all on the field”, and “I got it from the guy where it grows on the field”. If the later is true, shame on him.
    The NCAA needs to get more involved in this crap smoking. I know there are a lot of folks off the field that smoke it regularly, but the simple fact is, it is illegal. The NCAA let’s schools handle it, and it appears, the schools take a lot of different avenues in dealing with it. The NCAA needs to be more active with it, and set a mandatory punishment that is universally followed by every member school. There are too many schools out there, where the coach uses the old term, “Team Rules Violations”, rather than admit, the kid was smoking the stuff. The NCAA should insist that, if the university is going to suspend a person, the reason must be out there in plain view. Too many schools, hide behind a wall, and let the public think what they may. Schools and athletes are always in the lime light as it is, so having bad press associated with the program and players, doesn’t help them. If Auburn doesn’t come out and say, what specifically this kid did to get in hot water, people will just assume the worse, from dope smoking to some type of criminal misdemeanor. Eventually, if your school gets into enough of these suspensions and investigations, It can start to hurt recruiting. Auburn has done a pretty good job in both recruiting and staying out of trouble this season. Hats off to them. Rocky start but good recovery for sure.

  4. lfftommyboy says: Dec 11, 2011 10:02 AM

    If team rules are not disclosed, how can anyone be reasonably expected to follow them? Unless it was an undisclosed violation of team rules, that’s another matter entirely!

  5. woebegong says: Dec 11, 2011 10:12 AM

    Semantics my friend. I am sure you know what I meant. Evidently the rules are not being followed by a lot of athletes when they do know them through out the NCAA football world. I realize a lot of these kids are immature in a lot of ways, but coaches need to let them know, right off the bat, what doing things like that, will impact their school and the athletes reputation. Being a good athlete doesn’t always translate, to being a good citizen athlete.

  6. tgaustin says: Dec 11, 2011 10:35 AM

    Any shot at getting a soundbite from Cristy Malzhan on this one??

  7. woebegong says: Dec 11, 2011 10:44 AM

    My guess is she is too busy packing for a move that will most likely come.

  8. auburnalfred says: Dec 11, 2011 10:21 PM

    They are already calling Dyer and Zeke Pike the Dooby Brothers.

  9. Humperdinck Fangboner says: Jan 7, 2012 9:39 AM

    Dyer will do much better at Arkansas State since there’s absolutely nothing to do in that Arm Pit of Arkansas town. I wish he and Malzahn the best but ASU has never been able to get more than a family of five to attend any of their athletic events, and the student side of the stadium empties after the opening kickoff. There’s a reason that ASU has always been referred to as Moo U.

    Jonesboro’s holier-than-thou elite are already licking their chops, getting ready to burn Mrs. Malzahn at the stake two minutes after she sticks ten toes in her mouth.

  10. woebegong says: Jan 7, 2012 9:49 AM

    If you want to find weed or some other dope, you can find it, no matter the size or location of the town. His character is in question, not his suppliers. I am also sure he will have reliable transportation to reach a source, if it is not right there available to him. He set himself up to get into trouble, and ruined, what to me was a really good college career. More importantly, he let his team down and his coaches. Moving to a smaller venue or town is not the answer for him. He needs to grow up and be more responsible. I think it is also sad that the departing offensive coordinator would set himself up for ridicule by letting the kid come to his school. He will no more be able to keep this kid straight than he could at Auburn. That kid will have to do it for himself. That remains to be seen.

  11. thegamecocker says: Jan 17, 2012 8:59 PM

    It’s more of the Auburn Cancer spreading. It started with that coaching staff allowing “cam the scam newton” in the door. Then Malzahn flees the stinking chicken coop and spreads it to Arky State.
    Now comes Dyer who probably smokes dope instead of going to class and earning credits toward graduation. Graduation…..say whattttt??
    Another loser jock down the tube….

  12. woebegong says: Jan 17, 2012 9:32 PM


    I sure hope you aren’t a SC fan, because that will surely be the kettle calling the cat black, with your boy Garcia being the poster boy for the AA. No Auburn fan here, but if you are an SC fan, you really have no room to disparage another schools record. Show some class for gosh sakes.

  13. thegamecocker says: Jan 17, 2012 10:36 PM

    woebegone: Stephen Garcia graduated from South Carolina with his class May 2010. So WOE, what school do you hail from if not from West Georgia as many refer to Alabama? No program is perfect but the Head Ball Coach attracts top quality scholar-athletes who go to class and move onto the League or graduate with a job. And cam newton and his father, who even AUBURN would not allow in their stadium, what wonderful “ambassadors” for your “distinguished” (I use the term loosely) university.

    BTW, do YOU have a degree? Garcia does…..and yea, I have two… last thing Albert: It’s “the kettle calling the pot black”….

  14. woebegong says: Jan 17, 2012 10:49 PM

    First to put your mind at rest. I do not have an allegiance to Auburn or Alabama. I don’t care when Garcia graduated, he was still playing ball for the old ball coach, after having been cited for five alcoholic incidences. Yes I have a degree, in a physics related field and I am a UGA fan, but did not graduate from there. I spent 21 years in the military and settled down south in 1980. I would doubt though that your academic standards are any higher than the ones at UGA. I can’t speak for the Alabama teams, but as is evident by your impending probation and penalties from the NCAA for hotel gate, that it matters not what program your college is, all schools can steer off course as well as some players. These kids aren’t exactly being recruited because they are the brightest bulbs on a tree in most cases. They are recruited because they are athletes period.
    By the way, I don’t know who Albert is. My nick name comes from an old Australian shark, where I lived for three years, because my degree allowed me to do scientific research, so please pardon me if I am not impressed with your two degrees or Garcia’s one.

  15. thegamecocker says: Jan 17, 2012 11:02 PM

    First let me say “Thank-you” for serving in the military and protecting our country. Your valor allows me and many others to write and post blogs. So a sincere “Thank-you”.

    I am “old school” and while college athletics is now “big business”, I still would like to preserve some semblance of scholar-athlete. Simply, a scholar to me is someone who is serious in pursuing a degree. Athlete speaks for itself. When I was in college, that is what it was. If you didn’t perform in school and maintain a 3.0, you didn’t play! I know too many students who fell below the line / flunked out.

    My reference to “Albert” referred to Einstein. But I apologize to you for that comment. I am impressed that you earned your degree in Physics and I don’t care what school you attended. The fact that you persevered speaks to your high character. Be well, The Gamecocker

  16. woebegong says: Jan 17, 2012 11:14 PM

    Thank you and good luck to you as well. I am a big advocate of getting you education first and playing football, after you have your academics in order. I don’t know why these kids can’t get it through their head and realize that that less than 1 % of them will ever play on Sunday. I know these coaches feed them a line and I wish that would change also, but I don’t believe in fairy tales anyway.
    It really starts for these kids so early in life and for some, they believe it is a way to improve their lot in life, but if they just got that education, a whole new world would open up to them. Sadly, it will not happen, in the limited time I have left on this earth, but I can dream anyway. I am probably as guilty as anybody because I support college football, and as a fan, I want to see my team perform well as much as any fan.

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