Have you ever been to a birthday party where people jump out and yell surprise? Yeah, neither have I, but we have all seen the reaction in television shows and movies. I imagine that was the reaction of Prairie View A&M head coach Heishma Northern when news broke that five-star running back Michael Dyer was transferring to the program.
He wasn’t in shock because he had just landed one of the best running backs in the country. No, he was in shock because neither he, nor anyone on his coaching staff had any contact with the troubled running back.
The news broke late Monday when a twitter account under the name of @Mike_Dyer5 sent out a message proclaiming that he would be heading to Prairie View A&M. However, as we soon found out, crediting an unverified twitter account as a source may be as good as writing a research paper citing exclusively Wikipedia articles.
“I haven’t talked to any coaches from Auburn, I haven’t talked to any coaches from Arkansas State, I haven’t talked to his high school coaches,” Northern told Joel Erickson of al.com. “And I haven’t talked to him.”
This is just the latest in the bizarre story of Michael Dyer who left Little Rock, Arkansas for the plains of Auburn where he found both success on the field, and trouble off of it.
After racking up nearly 2,400 yards in two season at Auburn, including a 143 yard performance in Auburn’s 2010 national championship victory, Dyer was suspended prior to the Tigers 2011 bowl game. He was then released of his scholarship in early January.
Dyer’s situation seemed to be improving as he followed his former offensive coordinator Gus Malzhahn to Arkansas State. He seemed to be content with sitting out a season, ready to play for the Red Wolves in 2013. But again off-field issues led the talented running back to search for his 3rd team of 2012.
While many expect Dyer to head to an FCS school, there are questions of whether or not he would be eligible after his brief stint at Arkansas State leaving many to wonder where he will end up next.