Jonathan Ferrey

The Michael Dyer saga: From Auburn to Arkansas State to Arkansas Baptist and on

Where's the next landing spot for former All-SEC star and national title game hero Michael Dyer?

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Michael Dyer picks Louisville

The former BCS National Championship MVP running back, who's since played at Arkansas State, will now partner with potential Heisman winner Teddy Bridgewater.

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Dyer reportedly visits USF

The former Auburn star is trying to convince a team to give him a third chance.

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Dyer willing to walk on at Arkansas

The troubled running back would like to stay close to home, though he may not get the opportunity.

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Ex-Auburn RB Dyer looking at non-BCS options

The offensive MVP of the 2011 BCS National Championship game still wants to play football, but no big-time teams are taking a chance on him. Michael Dyer will likely enroll somewhere in the next two weeks with hopes of reviving his career.

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Michael Dyer headed back to BCS?

The former Auburn and Arkansas State running back seems to have his academics back in order, and is trying to find his way back to a major conference program.

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Michael Dyer Skipping 2012 Season, But Not Entering Draft

Michael Dyer, former national title game hero for Auburn and current college football free agent, is electing to sit out the entire 2012 season after a rash of off-field incidents have limited his ability to not get kicked off of football teams:

In the course of one offseason, Dyer's had two break-ups with college football programs - he left the aforementioned Tigers of a Auburn after unspecified violations caused him to miss the Chick-Fil-A Bowl, and was booted from Arkansas State for the old hand gun / speeding / weed trio.

Dyer intended on playing for ASU because of its proximity to his hometown of Little Rock, Arkansas, and new head coach Gus Mahlzahn, his former offensive coordinator at Auburn. Schad is also reporting that Dyer plans to enroll at a school near Little Rock for the coming academic year.

For more on what once was for Michael Dyer, check out SB Nation's Auburn blog College And Magnolia.

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Michael Dyer Dismissed From Arkansas State

There's been yet another twist in the Michael Dyer saga, as the former Auburn RB has now been dismissed from Arkansas State for a violation of team rules, according to a statement from ASU coach Gus Malzahn:

I am truly disappointed that it didn't work out here at ASU for Mike. I wish Mike nothing but the best in the future.

As a freshman, Dyer was the MVP of the 2010 national championship game, rushing for 143 yards on 22 carries in Auburn's 22-19 victory over Oregon.

As a sophomore, Dyer was the Tigers leading rusher in 2011, but he was suspended before Auburn's bowl game due to his connection to an armed robbery by four of his teammates, although he was never charged.

He elected to follow Malzahn, his offensive coordinator at Auburn, to Arkansas State, but he wasn't granted a waiver to play during the 2012 season.

After his latest off-field setback, he will likely try to transfer to a Division II school in order to play immediately and get himself ready for the 2013 NFL Draft.

For more on War Eagle football, visit Auburn blog Track Em Tigers, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills.

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Michael Dyer Won't Transfer From Arkansas State After All

Michael Dyer won't play for Arkansas State this season. But for Red Wolves fans, that's actually the worst of it. He says he'll suit up for ASU next year instead of transferring to a Division II school or declaring for the NFL Draft, as had been rumored.

That's at least how it stands for the time being. If the plan goes through, his next game will be in 2013 against Auburn, from whence he just transferred.

How's his coach feel about this?

A sophomore, Dyer led Auburn in rushing yards and total yardage -- his 1,242 from scrimmage accounted for even more than Barrett Trotter's passing yardage on the year. You could say he's quite valuable to Gus Malzahn, the coach he followed to Jonesboro.

For more on War Eagle football, visit Auburn blog Track Em Tigers, plus SEC blog Team Speed Kills.

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Michael Dyer May Transfer From Arkansas State After Waiver Is Denied

Arkansas State running back Michael Dyer's transfer from Auburn was one of the most celebrated of the 2012 college football offseason, and not just because Dyer was the player who made a pivotal run to give Auburn the win in the 2011 BCS National Championship Game against Oregon. No, Dyer's destination, Arkansas State, was a bit of a surprise, even though he followed former Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn to the program.

And now Dyer may be transferring again: ArkansasSports360.com reports that Malzahn told the Scott Van Pelt Show on ESPN Radio that a waiver that would have made Dyer eligible to play in 2012 was denied and that Dyer will meet to discuss his future with the Red Wolves. The school has scheduled a press conference for 1 p.m. Central on Friday, likely to announce Dyer's decision.

Dyer would only have been eligible to play at Arkansas State in 2012 with a successful waiver appeal, but could still, in theory, transfer to an FCS or Division II school and be immediately eligible to play.

For more on the Tigers, visit Auburn blog Track Em Tigers. For more college football, stick with SB Nation's college football news hub.

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Michael Dyer Leaving Auburn; Will He Join Gus Malzahn At Arkansas State?

The Auburn Tigers have granted star running back Michael Dyer his release, after about a week of rumors, reports that the deal was already done, and hearty welcomes by another school's players, Charles Goldberg reports. The thinking has been that he'll join former offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn's Arkansas St. Red Wolves, where multiple players have already publicly greeted him with a kind hand of fellowship.

Back when Malzahn was hired by ASU, our own Bill Connelly took at look at the team's presumed depth chart for 2012, pending recruits and transfers. Say, let's take another look at part of the running back portion:

Projected Two-Deep
Frankie Johnson (5'9, 185, So.) -- 85 carries, 343 yards (4.0)
Sherodrick Smith (5'10, 180, So.) -- 16 carries, 56 yards (3.5)

Dyer had 1,242 yards rushing, averaging 5.13 per carry. Sure, he was playing behind a SEC line, but he was also running against SEC defenses. You can see how this changes things.

For more on the Plainsmen, visit Auburn blog Track Em Tigers. For more college football, stick with SB Nation's college football news hub.

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Gus Malzahn To Arkansas State Official, School Confirms

Guz Malzahn moving from Auburn to Arkansas State is now as official as it's going to get prior to Wednesday afternoon's press conference. What started as an odd and unconfirmed rumor has now been confirmed by the school.

Arkansas State posted a note on its Facebook site Tuesday evening saying that they would hold a press conference on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. to announce the new head coach. School officials issued another release on Wednesday morning confirming it was Malzahn they'd be announcing as the team's new head coach.

Malzahn's contract at Arkansas State has been reported at six years for $600,000, likely making him the highest paid coach in the Sun Belt Conference. It'll still be a pay cut for him, according to reports, but SB Nation's own Jason Kirk gave a bit of background on Tuesday night regarding that situation.

For many, the sticking point in all this ... how did Malzahn fall from turning down a $3 million-per-year offer with Vanderbilt to taking a pay cut just to land in Jonesboro, Arkansas, at a school that had never won six games in a year until 2011?

For one, we could be dealing with a man who values things beyond money. There are a few of those. He may also just really like the state. He's 46 years old, and as far as I can tell, has spent just five years of his adult life based outside of Arkansas. He went to high school and college there and coached there until 2006.

Either way, Malzahn is officially the new head coach at Arkansas State and desrves all the praise and recognition that comes with that sort of job.

For more on the Arkansas State coaching job, stick the the 2011 Coaching Carousel Tracker.

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No Chick-fil-A for Michael Dyer

Auburn offense Michael Dyer will miss the team's bowl game.

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