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.