Michael Dyer Ineligible for 2012 Season at Arkansas State

Jimmy McMurreyAnalyst IIJuly 5, 2012

Star running back Michael Dyer was looking for a new beginning when he transferred to Arkansas State, but he will have to wait until 2013 to make it happen. 

According to the Red Wolf Report at Rivals.com, Dyer was not cleared by the NCAA to play for the Red Wolves in 2012. 

Dyer's departure from Auburn has a lot of mystery involved, but his selection of Arkansas State as his new school does not. 

The team was the best in the Sun Belt Conference in 2011, going a perfect 8-0 in conference play and 10-3 overall. 

Arkansas State had also recently announced its new head coach prior to Dyer selecting the school. Auburn's former offensive coordinator, Gus Malzahn, is the new boss in Jonesboro. 

Malzahn is looking to continue building the program into a nationally recognized football team and improve upon the 10-3 record. Having Dyer in the mix would have made his job a lot easier. 

Though Arkansas State is clearly a stepping stone for Malzahn, as this is his first gig as a head coach at the FBS level, he will do all he can to help the team succeed. 

Hugh Freeze, the previous coach, spent only one year as the head coach and quickly moved on to greener pastures. He is now the head coach of Ole Miss, and his task there is infinitely more difficult, though it certainly pays better. 

The combination of Dyer and Malzahn is guaranteed to dominate the Sun Belt, but that won't be happening until 2013. 

That's assuming Dyer and Malzahn stick around after 2012.