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Michael Dyer-to-Arkansas State rumors won’t go away

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Speculation has been slowly gaining momentum since his suspension that Michael Dyer was set to join his former Auburn offensive coordinator at Arkansas State, so much so, in fact, that Red Wolves players were tweeting about the potential blockbuster move last week.

Head coach Gene Chizik said recently that there has been no change to the running back’s status.  A report that surfaced Wednesday indicates that may no longer be the case.  Maybe.

According to the National Football Authority, Dyer filed his paperwork Wednesday to enroll at Arkansas State, a move that indicates Dyer’s decision has already been made and he’s taken his leave of the Tigers football program in favor of a reunion with Gus Malzahn.  Neither of the schools involved in this current situation have responded to requests for comment.

However, a tweet from Matthew Harris of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette suggests that the process is not as far along as has been reported. “Hearing from a source close to Dyer the #AState transfer paperwork rumor is bunk. Family wants to meet with Chizik at Auburn,” the tweet read.

Nate Kuestra of NFA, who filed the original report, fired back on Twitter, tweeting that “We’ve got multiple sources including eye witness accounts he was in the Ark. State admissions office filing papers.”

Regardless of where Dyer stands right now as it relates to the Auburn football program, it’s quite clear that something is amiss.

Dyer was suspended Dec. 11 for violating unspecified team rules and did not play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl win over Virginia.  He has rushed for more than 1,000 yards each of his two seasons with the Tigers, and was a first-team All-SEC performer this year.

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17 Responses to “Michael Dyer-to-Arkansas State rumors won’t go away”
  1. rolltide510 says: Jan 4, 2012 7:44 PM

    Dyer is draft eligible after this year. If he leaves Auburn, it will be to a FCS school where he’ll be able to play without sitting out a year due to transfer rules (See Janoris Jenkins at UNA). No reason to sit out a year then spend a year at Arky State.

  2. danthemanhsv says: Jan 5, 2012 12:20 AM

    As a graduate and AU fan… I wish he would stay on the team. However, after 3 reported failed drug test….We may be better off… Kid has a full ride and could break records playing at AU. Does he not figure the Ark State drug test?

  3. woebegong says: Jan 5, 2012 3:35 AM

    If he has failed 3 drug test, has he given any consideration that the NFL might be a little weary of him also. Better to sit out his suspension as I feel almost certain Chizik will have him back on the team playing next year, if he can keep his nose clean. Unless it is hard drugs and he is somehow addicted to them, the kid seems like to me, needs to grow a pair and man up. A great talent but could end up ruining his future.

  4. thegamecocker says: Jan 5, 2012 7:41 AM

    Well there seems to be a pattern of bad behavior at Auburn and now quite a bit of dissension. You have Cam Newton who “perjured” himself to the NCAA for lying about his daddy shopping him around and now we have a drug user. Who knows what else is happening on that team that no one knows about.

  5. lakesidegator says: Jan 5, 2012 9:44 AM

    I know it’s early, but how can the NFL be “weary” of Dyer when he’s never been there.
    Or did you mean “wary”?

  6. billcodner says: Jan 5, 2012 10:58 AM

    Chizik should pitch the guy like Saban pitched that Hall guy and Prince. If they can’t stay off the drugs, they are hurting the team and the first thing you know, when one does it, others start it because they know they can get away with it. Ark State is crazy for bringing a druggy into their program.

  7. Jim McDonald says: Jan 5, 2012 11:10 AM

    gamecocker is a fool. cam newton’s dad did not “shop him around”…. a mississippi state booster approached his dad with $$$….and dumb cecil newton listened….which is a crime…. they wised up and chose Auburn. PERIOD.. anything else you say is not based in fact.

  8. patiencepays007 says: Jan 5, 2012 11:38 AM

    gamecocker is more than a fool, he’s an idiot!

    EVERYONE knows it is the gamecocks who have broken MAJOR NCAA violations while Auburn was completed cleared after a VERY thorough investigation. Just read this recent article from ESPN

  9. thegamecocker says: Jan 5, 2012 12:05 PM

    To all you Auburn homers: you folks probably believe OJ didn’t murder Nicole or Ron. After all, a jury acquitted him correct. But virtually every person with common sense knows the truth. And the same with Cam Newton! He knew his dad was shopping him around yet he lied about that now DIDN’T HE?! But hey, the NCAA cleared him during their “very extensive investigation.” I don’t know how to tell you this, but their is no Santa Claus either! Your national championship season is indeed tainted in the eyes of the public. I will admit Auburn was rooked out of playing for the National Championship game in 2004. I had respect for AU at that time….not with this though.

  10. Jim McDonald says: Jan 5, 2012 12:24 PM

    Stoops, Kiffen et al…. are all ON RECORD saying there was no “shopping around” moron.. so did they perjur themselves also?……..nice try.

    and no…. cam did not lie about anything…..because there was no “shopping around”…. you are embarrassing yourself.

    I agree the perception in the eyes of the nation is not good. That is why I no longer pull for the SEC in fact, I root AGAINST the SEC… it is Auburn against the world.

  11. thegamecocker says: Jan 5, 2012 1:16 PM

    Just curious Jim – which college do you root for if not Auburn? Why would someone who roots against the SEC want to defend a program in a shambles as Auburn presently is? Who mentioned Stoops or Kiffen? Cam wasn’t moving too far from daddy warbucks and Southern Cal and Okie aren’t around the block where Cam the Sham is from. Check out a map of the United States…see for yourself. Cam Newton and OJ Simpson have much in common starting with “The BIG LIE” that no one believes. It is “Auburn against the world” as you put it….they made their bed, now they can “lie” in it. (Get it Jim…..”lie” in it?). I also like the portrayal you have of Cam: “no shopping around Moron”…..Ahhh, something we agree on! You have yourself a great day.

  12. Jim McDonald says: Jan 5, 2012 1:21 PM

    OMG… you just proved how little you know about the whole story….I mean, err, witch hunt. Kiffen was at Tennersee and Stoops at OK when they recruited Cam. Both on record saying there was no “shopping around”…. AU is still National Champs…. will never be taken away.

    have a good one.

  13. cheesefrog says: Jan 5, 2012 10:34 PM

    Gamecocker, your original statement is ridiculous. First of all you can’t perjure yourself to the NCAA, only to a legal entitiy. Then you say one guy who was cleared of any wrongdoing and one guy who smoked dope is a pattern, even though that probably happens on just about every team. WTF? So you know what Cam knew and didn’t know, Kreskin? No matter what the truth is, if the NCAA says a player is eligible, then he’s eligible. You can think you know what happened, but if the people in charge say a guy is good, then why wouldn’t you put him on the field? If you don’t like the way it went down, the criticism goes to the NCAA, not Auburn.

  14. thegamecocker says: Jan 6, 2012 11:03 AM

    Jim & Cheesefrog:
    Do you think Urban Meyer is a good coach? Hopefully your answer is “Yes” but with you two, who knows. Do you think his leaving Florida and the vaunted SEC had anything to do with “Cam-the-Sham” and his daddy? Hopefully you will see the connection. How any team in the SEC can take a former player from a sister conference shcool who stole a laptop and had a sketchy academic past at that school is just mind boggling. I truly feel Urban Meyer felt the same way and that is why he departed the SEC for the Big Ten. IMO this is an area where Commissioner Mike Slive has fallen short. Newton should never have been allowed to play for another SEC school. Jim – in one of your posts yoy state the following: “I agree the perception in the eyes of the nation is not good. That is why I no longer pull for the SEC in fact, I root AGAINST the SEC…”. Perception is reality and in the eyes of the public, Auburn’s “2011 NC” is indeed tainted. Cheesfrog: Fine, technically Newton didn’t perjured himself. HE LIED! Thanks for the correction. You guys enjoy the remainder of your day.

  15. Jim McDonald says: Jan 7, 2012 3:40 PM

    Urban Meyer a good coach? Sure. He’s the one who illegally and covertly released cam’s academic record.

    And cam did not steal a laptop. He bought one that was stolen. (of course he knew it was stolen) but please try and keep your facts straight, just about all your posts contain some sort of innacuracy or false statement, much like the rest of the nation who tried and convicted AU/ cam in the court of public opinion.

    Is very easy to root against the rest of the SEC

    By the way, people change and learn from their mistakes, especially 18, 19, 20 year old kids. Cam suffered/ paid his penalty, went to Blinn and righted himself. Auburn took their chance on who has turned out to be a fine young man. Killing it in the NFL despite haters galore who said he did not have what it takes.

    The guy is downright genuine, humane and has learne from his mistakes. And it drives his haters nuts. Love it.

  16. thegamecocker says: Jan 7, 2012 7:57 PM

    Jim: you can love people hating on Cam all you want but the court of public opinion is powerful. That is why you don’t see him in any commercials. He rec’d stolen goods whether he paid for it or not. He is garbage; his daddy is garbage; and Auburn and Chizek are garbage for accepting him! At this point, you might as well OJ as your AD after he does his time. After all, he will be rehabilitated and learned from his mistakes. Have a quality day with your tainted NC

  17. Jim McDonald says: Jan 8, 2012 12:26 PM

    Not sure what to say now. You seem to be going off the deep end.

    Commercials? Who gives a rats arse if he is in commercials. I’m sure he doesn’t care, and I sure don’t. The guy just wants to play football. Something he loves to do and has fun doing.

    You seem to be a very angry and unhappy person. You need to let this all go. Auburn has a Championship that will never be taken away, and it hurts bad I can tell.

    I wish you the best.

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