Will Charlie Strong give Michael Dyer a third chance?
Dyer has spoken with Strong about playing at the University of Louisville. But despite some chatter on local message boards stating otherwise, there’s no indication that Strong has assigned him any locker space.
Dyer has been out of college football for a year after being dismissed by Auburn where he rushed for 1,000-plus yards during this freshman and sophomore seasons. He was selected as most valuable player after piling up 143 yards in Auburn’s 22-19 win over Oregon in the national championship game in 2011.
Auburn sent Dyer packing after he failed a drug test and admitted that four teammates had used his gun in robbery in March 2011. From there Dyer transferred to Arkansas State where he was dismissed a few months later after being cited for driving 96 miles per hour and an unloaded gun was found in his possession.
He then enrolled at Arkansas Baptist College where USA Today reported he compiled a 3.6 grade-point average last fall, a 3.337 GPA in spring 2013 and a 4.00 GPA in the summer session last month. He was mentored personally by Fitz Hill, the college president, who met with Dyer at least twice weekly to monitor his progress. Hill vouches for Dyer based on what he accomplished at Arkansas Baptist.
Time is obviously an issue with the beginning of fall practice scheduled for Aug. 4. However, Charlie Strong is going to be very deliberate before he extends a scholarship, wanting to be certain that the young man is capable of meeting the standards expected of him. The last thing Strong wants is an individual who would distract from what he has built here.
The outcome is also important to Tom Jurich and the perception of the University’s overall athletic program,which is coming off its best year ever. That reputation was built on honesty and integrity. The decision had better be the right one.