Mon August 5, 2013
Former Auburn Star Michael Dyer Joins Louisville Cardinals Football
University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong says he wants to give running back Michael Dyer an opportunity to turn around his troubled past by allowing the former Auburn star to join the Cardinals this season.
Michael Dyer was the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 national championship game but eventually left Auburn after he was suspended for violating team rules. Dyer has acknowledged he was using marijuana at the time.
He transferred to Arkansas State but was never allowed to play following a stop for speeding in which police found an unloaded gun and suspected marijuana in his car. No criminal charges were filed.
Dyer has since been enrolled at Arkansas Baptist College, where the school president reached out to U of L’s Strong, an old friend, about giving Dyer another chance.
Strong offered a scholarship after Dyer visited campus and met with U of L players this summer. He says Dyer will have to sign a behavior contract.
"I understand this is a big one," Strong said at a Monday press conference.
"Michael has admitted to mistakes in the past, whether that is due to immaturity or bad choices. I can’t change his past, but only hope to build on his future."
Dyer will be eligible to play this season. U of L‘s football practice begins Tuesday.