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Teddy Bridgewater: Michael Dyer would be welcome at Louisville

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While it remains to be seen if/when Michael Dyer resurfaces at the FBS level, there’s at least one big-time football program that appears ready to welcome the talented but enigmatic running back with open arms.

Speaking during an interview with ESPN Monday, quarterback and Heisman Trophy contender Teddy Bridgewater was asked how he and his teammates would feel about adding the former Auburn and Arkansas State running back.  “We would] take him in and welcome him,” Bridgewater said.

The question came after a visit Dyer took to the Louisville campus last week, during which Bridgewater was able to spend some time with the player who may very well become his new teammate in the not-too-distant future.  Dyer has also visited USF of late as he attempts to restart his flailing football career.

The Louisville angle, however, may have some significant legs.  According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, “[a]n official with U of L’s registrar office confirmed that the university added Dyer to its system on Thursday, which is often an indication a prospective student plans to apply for enrollment.”  Dyer would need to be enrolled at the school no later than Aug. 28, although he would likely prefer to be enrolled well before then as far as the football side of the student-athlete equation goes.

The football program has yet to confirm the addition of Dyer to its roster.

The addition of Dyer would be one of those big risk/big reward/big bust type of scenarios for Charlie Strong and his cardinals coaching staff.

In January of 2011 as a freshman, Dyer was named the offensive MVP of Auburn’s BCS title game win.  After rushing for 1,000 yards each of his first two seasons with the Tigers, Dyer was “granted a release from his scholarship” in January of 2012, one month after he was suspended for the Tigers’ appearance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl for failing multiple drug tests.  He transferred to Arkansas State that same month in a reunion with former AU offensive coordinator and then-ASU head coach Gus Malzahn; six months later, he was dismissed by Malzahn for “undisclosed violations of team rules.”

In August of 2012, Dyer landed at Arkansas Baptist, where he sat out the football season to focus on academics.

In April of this year, it was reported that Dyer would take a visit to TCU.  Shortly after a report surfaced that Dyer “should’ve” been declared academically ineligible for the BCS title game against Oregon, that visit was scuttled.  That same month, Dyer expressed an interest in playing for Arkansas, although the Razorbacks did not reciprocate the interest.

During an interview earlier this month, Dyer proclaimed himself “a changed man,” stating he “[wants] a chance to show people my character is better than it was in the past” and that “I’m not the same person I was. I’ve changed. I’ve grown up.”

It’ll be up to Strong to determine just how much growing up Dyer has done… and whether he wants to risk dragging all of that baggage into a program that has its sights set on becoming a major player in the BCS title discussion.

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14 Responses to “Teddy Bridgewater: Michael Dyer would be welcome at Louisville”
  1. suprmous says: Jul 29, 2013 3:28 PM

    I may be wrong but it seems as if Michael Dyer’s on the same path that Gunner Keil has been on: shoppin for a team.

  2. thegamecocker says: Jul 29, 2013 3:46 PM

    Gee, I wonder how Swofford and the rest of the ACC would feel about taking someone with the sordid reputation of one Michale Dyer. Failed drug tests; truly not being academically eligible for the NC game with Oregon yet being named MVP; Arky State dismissed him….but now he wants us to believe “he’s all grown up….a changed man…a man of character… really Dyer……really???!!! Why should anyone believe you now? He might gain entrance into Louisville at this time because they are not yet in the ACC…..but to their credit that conference does not like those with character issues. Of course, that doesn’t include schools like UNC where Lawrence Taylor, a real JERK if ever there was one. And of course now we have JP Hairston. If UNC does not throw him out of school, then they are truly pimps……Hairston is a WHORE!

  3. suprmous says: Jul 29, 2013 7:16 PM

    gamecocker, what is it you think some of these folks don’t get about Dyer? I mean can they not see he’s not smart enuff to be in college or he just wants to get in and slide by enuff to get by and major in Underwater Basket Weaving and graduate so he’s one step closer to the Pros so he thinks? I can’t figure it out.

  4. Romulus says: Jul 29, 2013 9:12 PM

    @gamecocker
    How the hell was he academically ineligible? No one plays a bowl game while A.I. and gets away with it. Please tell me you do not believe the garbage? If so, you are dumber than a bag of hammers.

  5. auburntigers34 says: Jul 29, 2013 9:37 PM

    he’s dumber than a bag of hammers, whether he actually believes the crap that he spews or not.

  6. gibbstastic says: Jul 30, 2013 6:05 AM

    @Romulus

    If you would have read in the artice:

    “In April of this year, it was reported that Dyer would take a visit to TCU. Shortly after a report surfaced that Dyer “should’ve” been declared academically ineligible for the BCS title game against Oregon, that visit was scuttled.”

    and if you would have followed the article you would have found:

    “After being rebuffed by his computer science instructor and that instructor’s supervisor in an attempt to get a grade changed, McNeil claims he went to an athletic department counselor with his problem. ‘Within days… the grade was changed from an F to a C and he did not miss a game,’ Roberts wrote. Additionally, three of the players claimed that nine players, including star running back Michael Dyer, should not have played in the BCS championship game against Oregon in January of 2011 because they were academically ineligible. ‘Auburn found a way to make those dudes eligible,’ Blanc was quoted as saying.”

  7. thegamecocker says: Jul 30, 2013 8:28 AM

    @auburntigers34 and Romulus

    See Gibbstastic comment above. Now, I don’t ALWAYS BELIEVE what I read, but in this case, I do believe it because Dyer’s character is quite suspect. But I am surprised after all their investigating of Auburn during the “CAM SCAM”, the NCAA did not come across this bit of information. I guess a deal was struck b/c Auburn didn’t have a shot at a NC in 2004 with Tommy Tuberville’s undefeated team even though they would have been crushed by USCw. But I digress…..they instituted the CAM law after he was shopped around and the “noise” settled down…..

  8. crazycane says: Jul 30, 2013 8:31 AM

    Romulus says: Jul 29, 2013 9:12 PM

    @gamecocker
    How the hell was he academically ineligible? No one plays a bowl game while A.I. and gets away with it. Please tell me you do not believe the garbage? If so, you are dumber than a bag of hammers.
    —-

    BUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA, I’m sure you also believe in the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus.

  9. thegamecocker says: Jul 30, 2013 8:38 AM

    @crazycane

    tick, tick, tick, BOOM!! NCAA sanctions will hit the “U” very hard and when they do, I will be very happy.
    “Thug U” will be a distant memory in the grand scheme of power-house college football teams. Of course, Madam Shalalala will have her pot of gold, but that big mouth of hers’ will have cost the canes a lot of moolah…..as in “The Fabulous Moolah” from World Wrestling Federation days….that is where Shalalala belongs.

  10. ddaniels11 says: Jul 30, 2013 8:46 AM

    Tennessee needs RB depth and he would fight for the #1 spot. Also a newer program Old Dominion, where he could walk in and start from day 1. It’s a shame to let his talents go to waste.

  11. thegamecocker says: Jul 30, 2013 8:57 AM

    @ddaniels11

    Do you realize that Dyer is not close to being a COLLEGE LEVEL STUDENT???? Do you even get that!? His talents are athletic but without making a mockery of the STUDENT/ATHLETE concept, this young man does not belong on any college campus….

  12. crazycane says: Jul 30, 2013 9:39 AM

    thegamecocker, keep thinking that boo. I hope you’re still showing your face around when we SK8. Golden already pulling a top 3 class!

    UM is like a cock roach, we never go away and keep coming back!!!

  13. thegamecocker says: Jul 30, 2013 11:04 AM

    @crazycane

    AHAAA!!! Something we can finally agree on!!!

    UM is like a cock roach! The academics are very good….the football program, not so much.

  14. floridacock says: Jul 30, 2013 11:19 AM

    Looeyville will take anyone and deal with them later. Not going to help much as they have to win every game by 40 points at least to be considered for a NC game. Easiest schedule in 20 years for a major program.

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