Michael Dyer Transfer Rumors: Breaking Down the Fact and Fiction

Johnathan CaceCorrespondent IJanuary 5, 2012

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 01:  Michael Dyer #5 of the Auburn Tigers celebrates after defeating the South Carolina Gamecocks 16-13 at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Over the past two years, no one has helped Auburn more than running back Michael Dyer. He had his second consecutive 1,000 yard season but was suspended from the Chick-Fil-A Bowl against Virginia.

Following that and the departure of offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn to Arkansas State, reports came out of everywhere that he would be following his coordinator back to his home state of Arkansas.

When reading these rumors, remember that they are in fact just rumors at this point. That said, ASU is certainly being very coy about this whole process.

"There's nothing I can confirm or deny. I have no knowledge of anything in that regard," said Athletic Director Dean Lee.

Interim head coach David Gunn also added this on the situation. "With all this being speculation, it'd be most appropriate for me not to make any comments. Michael Dyer's a heck of a football player. He's had an outstanding career at Auburn and I'm sure they would want that to continue."

What that means is that the rumor that the running back had already filed paperwork at Arkansas State is completely bogus. Every other scenario appears to still be up for grabs.

By almost all accounts, Dyer is as good as gone from Auburn and an announcement regarding his future with the program should be expected in the next week or two just so both parties involved don’t have to deal with rampant speculation.

The general rule regarding his possible transfer is this: unless it comes out of the mouth of Michael Dyer, Gene Chizik or Auburn’s athletic director, don’t buy it.