Arkansas State's Michael Dyer Won't Play in Opener at Oregon

Kay JenningsContributor IIIJuly 5, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Michael Dyer #5 of the Auburn Tigers is tackled by Tevin Cheever #12 of the Oregon Ducks in the third quarter of the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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As reported today on, Arkansas State's website, the NCAA has denied former Auburn running back Michael Dyer's eligibility waiver. The announcement was made by Arkansas State head coach Gus Malzahn.

Dyer will not be allowed to suit up for former Auburn assistant coach and now Ark State head coach Gus Malzahn's Red Wolves during the 2012 season. The NCAA's denial of Dyer's waiver was based on transfer regulations.

Dyer will have two years of remaining eligibility with Arkansas State, beginning with the 2013 season.

Oregon fans will remember the heartbreak Dyer caused them during the national championship matchup with Auburn. It was Dyer's controversial (was he down or wasn't he?) 37-yard run on the game-winning Tigers' drive that was the difference in the game.

He was down, and I'm sticking to my story.

Darn. I was looking forward to the boos that would have been heard all the way to the SEC when Dyer entered the game at Autzen on September 1.

I now reserve the right to change my prediction on whether or not the Ducks will cover the hefty 37-point spread in Week 1. Without Dyer, take the Ducks.


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