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Report: Michael Dyer headed to Louisville

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Teddy Bridgewater may have been on to something when he said Louisville would “take in and welcome” former Auburn and Arkansas State running back Michael Dyer.

Though Cardinals coach Charlie Strong said during AAC Media Day that Dyer was not part of the program, a report from George Schroeder of USA Today indicates that could change soon.

Citing Dyer’s mentor, Arkansas Baptist president Fitz Hill, Schroeder reports that the running back will enroll at the school and report for camp next week. According to a previous report from the Louisville Courier-Journal, “[a]n official with U of L’s registrar office confirmed that the university added Dyer to its system… which is often an indication a prospective student plans to apply for enrollment.”

Louisville has not commented on the report — Dyer issued a statement this morning confirming it, however — and likely won’t until Dyer is officially enrolled.

If/when that happens, Dyer apparently won’t be doing it on his own dime. Schroeder’s report says that Dyer was offered a scholarship to play for the Cardinals, which he accepted.  Dyer had previously expressed interest in transferring to Arkansas, and went so far as to say he’d be willing to walk on and pay his own way.

That, by Dyer’s own admission, was a result of the off-the-field baggage he’s been carrying around for the past couple of years.

“I understand the reasons I am in this situation. I placed myself here. I take responsibility,” Dyer said in a recent interview with ESPN. “But I’m not the same person I was. I’ve changed. I’ve grown up.”

That’s something Hill corroborated in an interview with the USA Today.

“Based on what he has done at Arkansas Baptist College, I don’t have one negative,” Hill said. “I can’t talk about (what happened at) Auburn or Arkansas State, but I can talk about Arkansas Baptist College. It’s been all positive.”

Whether or not that’s true remains to be seen, but there’s little doubt the Cardinals would be getting a great talent in the backfield that could provide yet another boost for a team with possible BCS championship hopes.

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. Because Dyer completed his associate’s degree, he would be cleared to play immediately and have two years of eligibility remaining should he choose to utilize them both.

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20 Responses to “Report: Michael Dyer headed to Louisville”
  1. thegamecocker says: Aug 2, 2013 8:56 AM

    The following statement from the article above is what troubles me about big time college athletics:
    “Dyer was offered a scholarship to play for the Cardinals,….”. He was offered a scholarship to play? What about a scholarship to successfully complete coursework so he can earn a degree? What about the academic component to that equation entitled SCHOLAR/ATHLETE!!?? I give Dyer credit for earning his Associate’s Degree. Now let’s see if he is there just to play football or has he truly matured, realizing that earning a degree is just as worthwhile as scoring a TD. I hope he appreciates the latter.

  2. irishdodger says: Aug 2, 2013 8:59 AM

    Kid is getting a third chance…that rarely happens for a college athlete. Fitz Hill is a good man & a character builder but he’s also not accompanying Dyer to Louisville. The kid will need to surround himself with a mentor and some high character teammates. I suspect Coach Strong has Dyer on a very short leash. Hopefully, this saga has a happy ending as everyone loves a redemption story. That’s why we all become cynical & jaded…these stories rarely end well.

  3. floridacock says: Aug 2, 2013 9:04 AM

    I just hope his addition does not cause issues with the existing running backs and team. They have a pretty good deal going up there. Dyer is going to find many more ways to get in trouble in Louisville than at Arkansas State, wherever that is.

  4. lbroberts123 says: Aug 2, 2013 9:18 AM

    This makes Louisville a legit team to finish in the top 5, maybe even top 3. Does it make them a contender? Not so sure, but the addition if dyer makes this offense a lot scarier.

  5. urfinished says: Aug 2, 2013 10:23 AM

    Well of course…they have the academics of a Kentucky backwoods elementary school. Oh wait a minute…they are one.

  6. floridacock says: Aug 2, 2013 10:51 AM

    Nothing less than an undefeated season and a winning margin of over 30 points a game will give them any chance at a NC game. Easiest schedule in D1 football

  7. bertenheim says: Aug 2, 2013 11:00 AM

    . . . where academic standards are just a memory.

  8. 1990tiger says: Aug 2, 2013 11:24 AM

    I wish him luck and hope he has learned from his past mistakes.

  9. lakerslegacy2432 says: Aug 2, 2013 12:30 PM

    Dyer & Strong 2 arkansas guys he will make well on this opp

  10. quitcrying says: Aug 2, 2013 12:43 PM

    This will be interesting to keep an eye on. In my opinion this is a mistake by coach Strong…will not end well and will cause player resentment in the mean time. Hard to be a leader when you cave.

  11. Uptown Murf says: Aug 2, 2013 2:47 PM

    lol at the ganecocker

    These guys are athletes. Bottom line, they should never lose focus of that. You’re not guaranteed a spot in the pros, by a ton of these guys set themselves up through hard work and dedication – to make it all the way.

    And if this wasn’t about sports, how come there isn’t a section for students who don’t play sportd, where we can comment on them changing their majors or picking a school? You know why? Because it wouldn’t draw 1% of the attention.

    Stop being mad at these athletes, and focus on building yourself up.

  12. thegamecocker says: Aug 2, 2013 3:50 PM

    @Uptown Murf

    First of all, an education is important. I noticed you spelled my screen name incorrectly. You cannot construct sentences that make any sense. I’m not mad at the STUDENT/athletes. I just STUDENT to play a larger role in the process Presently, it doesn’t seem to be too important….not even to a Rhode Scholar like yourself. I don’t need to build myself up. I can string sentences together for a cohesive thought. You seem to have a problem doing that.

    Now go learn how to spell, then come back and write something that makes sense.

  13. Slim Charles says: Aug 2, 2013 4:19 PM

    This guy got a raw deal. How does he get a bad rep when he’s been arrested a grand total of zero times? Just vague “violations” and nothing solid.

    He was pulled over once by a crooked cop who was later fired for..not following the law. He had a gun? Was it an illegal gun that he was arrested for? Because we have something called a constitution in this country, regardless of what liberals think.

    Ooh, he failed a drug test for synthetic weed, a legal substance. He’s the next Aaron Hernandez!

    Also, guy above me correcting spelling with a phrase like ” I just STUDENT to play a larger role in the process Presently, ” is hilarious.

  14. normtide says: Aug 2, 2013 5:00 PM

    Dude can tote the rock. UL is going to be scary this year. Dyer must make the most of this third, and last chance. The offense should be set, and Strong is a great defensive mind.

  15. barnesaintnoble says: Aug 2, 2013 5:10 PM

    Fact is none of us know what kind of shape Dyer is in. He hasn’t played at the FBS level in 2 years. So, I doubt he even gets past #2 on the depth chart.

  16. 1990tiger says: Aug 2, 2013 5:12 PM

    thegamecocker says: Aug 2, 2013 3:50 PM

    First of all, an education is important. I noticed you spelled my screen name incorrectly. You cannot construct sentences that make any sense. I’m not mad at the STUDENT/athletes. I just STUDENT to play a larger role in the process Presently, it doesn’t seem to be too important….not even to a Rhode Scholar like yourself. I don’t need to build myself up. I can string sentences together for a cohesive thought. You seem to have a problem doing that.

    Now go learn how to spell, then come back and write something that makes sense.
    ==================================
    This is funny. You boast that you can string sentences together for a cohesive thought and attack someone for misspelling your screen name yet your post contains an incomplete sentence, a run on sentence, misuse of capital letters and omission of a comma. There may be more grammatical errors in your post but these are just the ones that jumped out at me.

    What a tool.

  17. thegamecocker says: Aug 3, 2013 9:11 AM

    OK….you guys are correct. I left out the word “think” and “is” in my sentence. I made a mistake and take full responsibility for it. Maya culpa, maya culpa, maya maxima culpa.

    But my point still stands: education is important and it seems Dyer is there to only play football. He has some eligibility left so let’s see how he performs…..in the CLASSROOM. To me that’s also important.

  18. matt24bucs says: Aug 3, 2013 7:11 PM

    Holy cow! This criminal thug actually gets to play in a stadium instead of a prison yard??!! I guess all you jock-sniffers think this is ok, but thos is just another example of what is wrong with athletics today–pro or college. I am surprised Charlie beat Urban to the punch-or assault in this case.

  19. Uptown Murf says: Aug 4, 2013 2:23 PM

    @ thegamecocker

    Man please – I wrote that on my phone. Whatever comes out is usually a result of autocorrect or swype – or even a combo of the both.

    If education is so important, go to the Academic All-American blog and have at it. Will you?

    No, you will be on these blogs worrying about what the next man is doing in regards to the game of football. Not realizing that you only know these guys due to the fact that they play football. The minute people like you start being over-officious about non-athletes that are students, will be the first.

    Get off your high-horse and look yourself in the mirror. You aren’t maximizing your own potential – that’s the reason why you are trying to magnify another mans…

  20. normtide says: Aug 4, 2013 3:37 PM

    The rule I try to hold myself to, on these blogs, is simple. Don’t call out other programs for things unless I’m willing to call my own team out for the same things. The only type of fan I can’t stand is the one with blinders on.

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