Michael Dyer Reportedly Will Not Play Football This College Season

Donald Wood@@Donald_WoodFeatured ColumnistAugust 15, 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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The drama of running back Michael Dyer continues, as it is now being reported that he will not play college football this season for any team, according to ESPN’s Joe Schad.

Former Auburn RB Michael Dyer plans to go to class and sit out 2012 but return to CFB in 2013 and not enter NFL Draft, per family

— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) August 15, 2012

Michael Dyer plans to enroll at a school close to his home in Little Rock but not play football this year

— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) August 15, 2012

Michael Dyer would have had to get double transfer waiver to play anywhere in 2012 which had not happened anyway

— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) August 15, 2012

While there had been talk of Dyer possibly playing for and attending Prairie View A&M, those rumors have been squashed by coaches on that staff.

The plan now appears to be sitting out the 2012 season before returning to college football in 2013 and not to enter the NFL. With so many complications for the young star in trying to play for a different school, sitting out may be the best course of action.


What It Means

Dyer has made a real mess for himself in his short career. While there is no questioning his pure athletic ability—rushing for 1,242 yards and an average of 5.1 yards per carry with Auburn in 2011—it was his dismissal from that team that started the problems for the young star.

The issues continued, as Dyer transferred to Arkansas State and was dismissed form that school as well because of a July 29 traffic incident in which the running back reportedly had possession of a gun and marijuana.

The decision to stay away from football may be the best choice for Dyer, who still obviously has a lot of growing up to do. Time away from the spotlight will allow him to realize how lucky he was and how lucky he is to have another chance.


What’s Next?

The next year for Dyer needs to be spent reflecting on what he wants to do with his life. With football gone for a year, he will have to face hard truths about life that will hopefully open his eyes to the severity of his predicament.

With a return to eligibility in 2013, there is little question that the troubled star will get another chance.

The problem is that his next school will likely give him no leeway for off-field mistakes.

Dyer is out of chances. Whether he will realize that in time is really up to him.


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