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Charlie Strong: ‘no tolerance’ for any mistakes by Michael Dyer

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So, yeah. The Michael Dyer to Louisville thing is officially official.

It’s so official, in fact, that Dyer had to sign a behavioral contract to play for the Cardinals in addition to his grant-in-aid, per coach Charlie Strong.

“There will be zero tolerance,” Strong said Monday. “But I will give him [Dyer] every opportunity to be successful.”

Dyer brings two seasons of 1,000-plus yards rushing to the Cardinals from his time at Auburn, but plenty of off-the-field baggage as well. It’s been a year since Dyer has actually played football, but the UL coaching staff clearly feels he could contribute.

Still, it’s not like Louisville absolutely needs Dyer — at least not as much as Dyer needs Louisville. The Cardinals have one of the best quarterbacks in college football in Teddy Bridgewater and return some key offensive weapons. Dyer, should he be in shape and able to compete, will help the offense, but not necessarily carry it.

That would still be okay with Dyer.

“I was looking for something other than a great football program,” Dyer said in a statement last week confirming his transfer to Louisville. “I wanted a support system that would continue help me develop socially, emotionally and spiritually.”

Strong is willing to give him that support.

“I can’t change his past, but I hope to build on his future,” Strong said.

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7 Responses to “Charlie Strong: ‘no tolerance’ for any mistakes by Michael Dyer”
  1. dryzzt23 says: Aug 5, 2013 6:18 PM

    Oh so NOW a school applies a “no tolerance” policy to this guy? A little late don’t ya think?

  2. thegamecocker says: Aug 5, 2013 6:20 PM

    “I wanted a support system that would continue help me develop socially, emotionally and spiritually.”

    Hey Michael, did you forget “academically”? I hope you change your ways and earn a degree at Lousiville.

  3. dryzzt23 says: Aug 5, 2013 6:23 PM

    “Support system”? For normal people this “support system” is called friends and family.
    I must have missed the brochure that says that schools must support a student socially, emotionally, and spiritually.

  4. be4bama says: Aug 5, 2013 7:15 PM

    Give him a chance. I hope he will become a role model and have a great career in the NFL. Today’s youth need someone to look up to!!

  5. beavertonsteve says: Aug 5, 2013 8:01 PM

    I hope he turns things around at Louisville, but if he makes it to the NFL, he had better be ready to take responsibility for himself.

  6. soflosportsfan says: Aug 5, 2013 11:45 PM

    I believe under the right circumstances people should get a second chance. I think UL is doing it right. Give him a chance and let him make the choice to take advantage or screw it up.

  7. florida727 says: Aug 6, 2013 11:54 AM

    Is it just me or is anyone else wondering why a “behavioral contract” isn’t part of every scholarship offer made to any athlete?

    I applaud Dyer for (seemingly) accepting his past actions as being his responsibility and seeking to correct things going forward, but why isn’t every scholarship contingent on a zero tolerance performance by the athlete? These kids are getting a six-figure education for FREE and we have to tolerate the kind of crap they pull off while representing their university? I don’t think so. Kudos to Charlie Strong. Not only for giving Dyer a second chance, but for strictly laying down the guidelines for his future with the Cardinals. (Geez, I wish he’d have stayed and taken over at Florida.)

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