Michael Dyer Reportedly Ruled Ineligible for 2012 Season by NCAA

Alex KayCorrespondent IJuly 6, 2012

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 26:  Michael Dyer #5 of the Auburn Tigers is tackled by Vinnie Sunseri #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Former Auburn standout Michael Dyer has reportedly been ruled ineligible for the 2012 college football season.

According to a report by the Associated Press (via RedWolfReport.com):

"The NCAA has denied former Auburn running back Michael Dyer's request to be immediately eligible to play this season at Arkansas State. Red Wolves coach Gus Malzahn disclosed the news Thursday."

This shocking news is devastating to Red Wolves fans who were hoping that the 2011 BCS National Championship Game MVP would rejuvenate their football program.

Dyer was an absolute monster during his first two seasons at Auburn, rushing for 1,093 yards and five touchdowns in 2010 in his true freshman year and then improved those impressive numbers to the tune of 1,242 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2011.

However, an undisclosed incident took place between the Tigers regular season game and their 2011 Chik-Fil-A bowl appearance that led to Dyer being indefinitely suspended and subsequently released on January 6th of this year.

Dyer, an Arkansas native, had reportedly applied for a waiver that would give him the right to immediately transfer and be eligible to play in his true junior year. The NCAA denied the request, and now the running back will have to sit for one season before he can join Arkansas State.

It’s unfortunate, but the NCAA often isn’t a fair institution. Hopefully Dyer can keep his fledgling career on track and get back on the field in 2013.

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