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Auburn reportedly grants Michael Dyer a release

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Those reports that had Michael Dyer leaving Auburn and reuniting with Gus Malzahn at Arkansas State?  It appears they are close to coming to fruition.

According to and the Birmingham News, Dyer has been given a conditional release from his AU scholarship by the school.  While the release is conditional, Arkansas State is reportedly one of the schools to which the Tigers will permit the running back to transfer.

Neither report explicitly stated Arkansas State is where Dyer is headed, although that certainly appears to be the direction this situation is headed.  The other schools to which Dyer would be permitted to transfer were not named.

As ASU is a Div. 1-A (FBS) school, Dyer would be forced to sit a season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules unless he were granted a waiver.  It’s believed Dyer will pursue that tack, although it’s unclear on what grounds the appeal to the NCAA would be based.

Dyer 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, but has found himself ensconced in Gene Chizik‘s doghouse of late.  The sophomore was suspended Dec. 11 for violating unspecified team rules and did not play in the Chick-fil-A Bowl win over Virginia.

Even as rumors of a potential transfer began to gain steam in recent weeks, the head coach said recently that there has been no change to the running back’s status.

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8 Responses to “Auburn reportedly grants Michael Dyer a release”
  1. normtide says: Jan 6, 2012 8:30 AM

    Word around the state is that Dyer had an attitude problem. No idea if that is actually the case. AU has a lot of young talent, so do not see this as a huge loss for them, although Dyer is the most talented back they have. As a Bama fan, I give props to Chiz, you have to nip these type issues in the bud. There are rumors of a lot more problems going on at AU, but in this state, football rumors run wild. Best of luck to the kid, it is a long fall from BCS Title Game MVP to Arky St.

  2. phillyb6 says: Jan 6, 2012 8:48 AM

    normtide… losing your most talented back is not a huge loss?? are you kidding or just downplaying it because they’re your rivals? Dyer is a stud. Doesn’t matter if they can “reload” or not.
    PS, it’s crap if he doesn’t have to sit out a year.

  3. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Jan 6, 2012 9:57 AM

    A team is always better off when players with attitude problems leave. Terrelle Pryor was the root cause of the issues at tOSU. He was a trouble maker from the beginning. He seemed to think he could yell at players and blame everybody except himself when things didn’t go right.
    Mark May said he knew of Pryor’s selfishness and attitude while Pryor was in high school and warned a couple of coaches that he would be a problem. Mark May was right.

  4. burntorangehorn says: Jan 6, 2012 11:05 AM

    Dyer was obviously talented, but it sure seems like he let those five stars get to his head, especially when he felt like he was the star after Newton left.

  5. normtide says: Jan 6, 2012 3:24 PM

    philly- I say that because AU always seems to bounce back. Also, I prefer a 3 star back that wants to be there over a 5 star that don’t care. I would never hype AU, trust me, but I try to call it as I see it.

  6. irishdodger says: Jan 6, 2012 6:41 PM

    Norm are you sure you’re a Bama fan? You posted a sincere & non-offensive post about Auburn…j/k. Props to you…hope there’s more of you in Bama nation vs the myopic, delusional Bammers I hear on CFB talk. Good luck Monday night!

  7. bamasleeper13 says: Jan 6, 2012 9:55 PM

    I obviously am a Bama fan but I think what Chizik did Is spot on. Great player but a major attitude problem. Not all of us are “bammers” just like not all Auburn fans are “Aubs”. I was pulling for them the other night in the chick fila bowl.

  8. normtide says: Jan 7, 2012 12:39 AM

    I look deep enough to know Bama and AU drive each other. In state rivals are on another level, if both teams are traditionaly good. Bama must keep getting better, cause AU is always gunning for them, and vice versa. Would not break my heart if AU fell apart, but I know they will always bounce back. Or so it seems.

    Do not believe all you see on tv. I have friends that are AU fans. We are not in a constant state of war, we just REALLY love our football teams. The 2% that are insane get all the press.

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