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July 5, 2012

Former Auburn running back Michael Dyer denied hardship waiver to play right away at Arkansas State

Photo by Robin Trimarchi

Michael Dyer, the former Auburn star who transferred to Arkansas State during the offseason, has been denied on a waiver request that would have allowed him to play for the Red Wolves immediately in Gus Malzahn’s first year at the helm.

Arkansas State announced that the NCAA had issued a final ruling Thursday.

Dyer, who rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons at Auburn, was suspended for an undisclosed violation of team rules before the Chick-fil-A Bowl, and he revealed in April at the trial of Antonio Goodwin that his gun was used in the robbery and that he had engaged in drug use while at Auburn.

He elected to transfer to Arkansas State to be with Malzahn, and Arkansas State applied for the same type of waiver that was granted to Auburn fullback Jay Prosch, who transferred from Illinois at the same time Dyer did.

Dyer will have to wait until the 2013 season, when Arkansas State has a game scheduled against Auburn, to play for his new team.

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  1. I guess it’s a little different when you transfer to be close to your sick mother vs. transferring because you’ve been run out of town due to your discipline problems (among other things).

    I think the NCAA made the right call for both of these men.

    Comment by Hunter-Gatherer — July 5, 2012 @ 8:31 pm

  2. Not sure why he ever really thought he had a chance for the waiver. I understand his affection for Malzahn, but he would have been better off from the get-go transferring down a division to play this year, then head out to the draft next. As it sits now, I bet he bolts for the draft after this season despite sitting out a year.

    Comment by Simmons — July 5, 2012 @ 9:43 pm

  3. I expect him to jump again, down to a lower division school so he can play this year. Jax State and North Alabama have a history of helping troubled youths turn things around, if they are talented enough and Dyer certainly has the talent.

    Comment by MikeP — July 6, 2012 @ 11:05 am

  4. No surprise, really. A huge missed opportunity.

    Comment by easyedwin — July 6, 2012 @ 10:14 pm

  5. Sucks for him I was watching the Ms. State game yesterday and it hacks me off how he pretty much ruined his status with his behavior. i’ll always root for him because he’s not like Crowell or the trailer park 4 but he’s got a lot of ground to make up.

    Comment by ATCVX — July 9, 2012 @ 8:35 am

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