So much for the report that Mike Dyer was enrolling at Arkansas State yesterday. It seems no one at the school has seen the Auburn tailback put pen to paper.
The athletic director at ASU said yesterday, “there’s nothing I can confirm or deny.” He added, “I have no knowledge of anything in that regard.”
Still acting as the Red Wolves’ coach through their GoDaddy.com Bowl appearance, David Gunn also dismissed the talk:
“A few days ago, maybe a week or so ago, some things had gotten out on Twitter. That was, I guess, quickly put to rest. Now this is the second time I’ve heard hat and the first time today.
With all this speculation, it’d be most appropriate for me not to make any comments. Michael Dyer’s a heck of a football player. He’s had an outstanding career at Auburn and I’m sure they would want that to continue.”
Matt Harris of The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette tweeted a quote from a source close to Dyer who said, “I’m telling you, he has not filed paperwork to do anything. If that happens, trust me, I’m sitting beside him.”
So Dyer’s not at ASU at the moment, but it sure sounds like Arkansas State is his clear fallback choice should things end in divorce at Auburn.
Meanwhile, contacts on the Plains say that Dyer’s status has not changed and that he remains suspended indefinitely from the Tiger team.
Charles Goldberg of Al.com wrote last evening that “someone familiar with the situation” told him that Dyer “is considering asking for his release so he can transfer to another school.”
The website AuburnUndercover — sorry, the story’s behind a paywall — also reported yesterday that Dyer plans to transfer. They claim he is asking for a release from his scholarship, but such a release has not been granted yet.
All this begs the following question: What’s up with the relationship between Gene Chizik and Gus Malzahn? At last week’s Chick-fil-A Bowl the two appeared hunky-dory. Is there a rift between the men behind the scenes?
From our view, there are two possibilities:
1. Chizik has had it up to the collar of his leather jacket with Dyer — despite his two 1,000-yard seasons — and he’s ready to jettison the kid from his program so long as Dyer and/or his family come to meet with the coach first. “If you fly right, we’ll keep you. Otherwise, hit the bricks.” If that’s the case, then Chizik probably wouldn’t mind Malzahn taking a shot at Dyer.
2. Chizik is ticked as hell that his offensive coordinator might have been luring his tailback to the coach’s own new program while said coach was still on the Auburn staff.
As is the case with everything else in this story, there seem to be no solid answers coming from inside the walls of Fortress Auburn. For every rumor, report or leak, there’s an equal and opposite rumor, report or leak.
At this point, it certainly appears as though Dyer is inching closer and closer to Arkansas State. What that means for Malzahn’s relationship with Chizik is still a very gray area.