Auburn transfer Michael Dyer hadn’t even stepped on the field for Arkansas State yet before he began making headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Turns out, Dyer won’t play for the Red Wolves anyway. Ever.
In somewhat surprising news, Arkansas coach Gus Malzahn announced Sunday night that Dyer had been dismissed from the team for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
“I am truly disappointed that it didn’t work out here at ASU for Mike,” said Malzahn in the statement. “I wish Mike nothing but the best in the future.”
The Jonesboro Sun added that the dismissal may be related to a spring traffic stop where officers found a gun and marijuana in Dyer’s car.
Though Dyer had only transferred to Arkansas State this year, he was already the subject of more transfer rumors after his appeal for immediate eligibility was denied by the NCAA. It was thought briefly that Dyer may transfer to a lower level program so he could play right away before likely taking off for the NFL, but that speculation ended up being quashed.
Dyer rushed for more than 1,000 yards each of his two seasons with Auburn, and was a first-team All-SEC performer in 2011. However, he was suspended for the Tigers’ Chick-fil-A appearance and left the school shortly thereafter.
Updated 7/30 @ 12:45 p.m.: Arkansas State police have released the following statement related to the Dyer traffic stop, which you can read below. Also, if you’re looking for some video of the incident, click HERE.
Colonel JR Howard, Director of the Arkansas State Police, has received a final report from the department’s Office of Professional Standards and the Command Staff Review Board relative to an internal investigation of a March 10th 2012 traffic stop by State Trooper Royce Denney.
The traffic stop involved two vehicles, one operated by Michael Dyer and the other by Ronnie Wright.
Both drivers were cited by Trooper Denney for speeding 96 miles per hour in a 70 mile per hour zone. The tickets are on file at White County District Court.
A copy of the traffic stop video recording captured by Trooper Denney’s patrol car camera has been released under the provisions of the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.
Presently there is a personnel matter associated with the investigation of Trooper Denney pending before Colonel Howard and at this time the department is prohibited from acknowledging any further information about the internal investigation.