Former Auburn running back Michael Dyer has been dismissed from the Arkansas State football team before playing a down for the Red Wolves.
Dyer was dismissed from the team Sunday due to an undisclosed violation of team rules.
“I am truly disappointed that it didn’t work out here at ASU for Mike,” Arkansas State coach Gus Malzahn said in a release. “I wish Mike nothing but the best in the future.”
Malzahn, the offensive coordinator who helped Dyer become a two-time 1,000-yard rusher at Auburn as a freshman and sophomore, had given the running back a new lease on life after Dyer’s off-the-field troubles at Auburn caused him to ask for a transfer.
Dyer was removed from the team for the Chick-fil-A Bowl due to an undisclosed violation of team rules in December, and he decided to transfer rather than meet Auburn coach Gene Chizik’s requirements for reinstatement.
Dyer also admitted on the witness stand during the trial of Antonio Goodwin, who was convicted in April of participating in a robbery with allegedly three other Tigers, that his gun was used in the robbery, and that he had smoked marijuana and used synthetic marijuana.
Ultimately, Dyer chose Arkansas State, the same school that hired Malzahn to be its first-year head coach after Hugh Freeze left for Ole Miss.
But Dyer’s waiver to play immediately instead of sitting out a transfer year was denied by the NCAA, and a subsequent appeal also was turned down.
A week ago, Dyer flirted with the idea of transferring to Pittsburg State, a Division I-AA school, before deciding to stay at Arkansas State.
Top prospects say they are committed to Penn State
Several of the top prospects who have given verbal commitments to Penn State have told the team’s coaches they will stick with the program despite NCAA sanctions.
Offensive linemen Brendan Mahon of Randolph, N.J., and Andrew Nelson of Hershey, Pa., Philadelphia wide receiver Will Fuller, defensive end Garrett Sickels of Little Silver, N.J., and two of Bill O’Brien’s most anticipated commitments — tight end Adam Breneman of Camp Hill, Pa., and quarterback Christian Hackenberg of Fork Union, Va. — visited State College on Saturday and met with Penn State coaches.
“I didn’t think it was so much giving us a pitch to re-recruit us, because we were all committed,” Hackenberg said. “It was more about getting us together and keeping us on the same page.”
Defensive tackle Greg Webb and cornerback Ross Douglas have de-committed from a Penn State class that once included 14 commitments. Webb has since committed to North Carolina and Douglas to Michigan.