Any hope that Michael Dyer would play for Arkansas State in 2012 has officially been extinguished. And, for that matter, likely any hope that he’ll ever suit up for the Red Wolves at all.
In a release, ASU confirmed that the NCAA has denied the athletic department’s request for a hardship waiver that would allow the running back to compete immediately in 2012. No reason for the initial waiver request or the subsequent denial was given.
After a turbulent career at Auburn that ended with a release from his scholarship being granted, the BcS title game offensive MVP following the 2010 season transferred to ASU — where he was reunited with former AU offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn — and participated in spring practice a couple of months as he awaited a decision on the waiver request.
The school’s release notes that Dyer will have two seasons of eligibility beginning in 2013, but… the talented back, three years removed from high school next year, will also be eligible for the April NFL draft April. It’s been widely assumed that, with or without a successful waiver appeal, Dyer would attempt to take his game to the next level.
The good news for Malzahn is that former four-star RB David Oku, who transferred to ASU after starting his career at Tennessee, will be eligible to play this year after sitting out the 2011 season.