Auburn and Michael Dyer: There Is Fire on the Plains, Who Will Extinguish It?

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IJanuary 6, 2012

This guy is great.
This guy is great.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

What in the wide world of sports is going on down on the plains?

One of the greatest running backs to set foot on the Auburn campus since Bo Jackson has been granted his release and is presumably moving on.

During the 2011 season Michael Dyer was not listed as a starter yet created the most yards for the team. He was subsequently suspended indefinitely after the Iron Bowl game to miss the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta. He was not mentioned in the bowl game program, nor was he on the season highlight reel. Then the rumor mill started churning about a potential transfer to Arkansas State shortly thereafter.

How did this kid go from being one of the most loved players in the program to this?

The rumors ranged from:

Is it that much attitude?

Is it related to the home invasion four?

We all know Roof had to go. But Gus Malzahn didn't have to go to Arkanas State. He just got a raise to $1.3 million. Why did T.J. Yeldon switch his commitment? Where is the list of coordinators to potentially fill the vacant spots? What happened to the shot at some of those recruits in last night's Under Armour Bowl game?

If you are an Auburn fan, you would definitely have to be baffled about what is occurring down on the plains.

If you go back and look at Dyer's signing day announcement, he speaks of being surrounded by good people that helped direct and support him. I don't think that just dropped off once he went to Auburn.

I'm going to say that something is amiss.

Start watching this video at the 3:16 mark and tell me this is a bad apple who is a cancer to the Auburn program.