Jonesboro Sun: Dyer Dismissal At Arkansas State Likely Stems From March Traffic Stop

by Chris Bahn  on Monday, Jul. 30, 2012 6:45 am  

Michael Dyer's only playing time for ASU ends up being the spring game. He suited up and played, but has been dismissed from the team and will not play for the Red Wolves. (Photo by Jeff Hankins)

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(Update: Arkansas State Police have issued a statement on the traffic stop.)

Running back Michael Dyer is finished at Arkansas State before he ever really got started.

Dyer's dismissal — before he ever played a down — was announced Sunday through a statement from Coach Gus Malzahn.

“I am truly disappointed that it didn’t work out here at ASU for Mike,”Malzahn said. “I wish Mike nothing but the best in the future.”

According to a Jonesboro Sun report written by Matt Roberson (subscription required), the dismissal is likely related to a March traffic stop in White County. Dyer was pulled over by an Arkansas State Trooper who found marijuana and a gun in his vehicle. Video of the traffic stop was obtained by The Sun through a Freedom of Information Act filed by the Searcy Daily Citizen.

It is unclear who was in possession of the gun and marijuana, per the newspaper's report. Trooper Royce Denney issued Dyer a speeding ticket for $175 and no charges were filed stemming from the discovery of the handgun or drugs. Per The Sun Denney is currently under investigation for his handling of the stop.

The Sun has details of conversations between Dyer and Denney caught on the officer's in-car video camera. (It's worth the $.99 one-day subscription fee.)

"You’ve got a career ahead of you, but you’re being a total dumbass right now,” Denney apparently says to Dyer during the stop.

Dyer was supposed to be getting a second chance with the Red Wolves. He was suspended indefinitely at Auburn at the end of the regular season. Dyer testified in April during an armed robbery trial that his gun was used in the crime and he admitted to routinely smoking marijuana and synthetic marijuana.

Malzahn, Dyer's offensive coordinator at Auburn, was willing to give the former Little Rock Christian star another opportunity. Dyer helped generate interest in the program with media and recruits and the player's talent was obvious from his two, 1,000-yard seasons and his BCS championship game offensive MVP award when Auburn won the 2010 title.

Less than two weeks ago — and four months after the traffic stop — Dyer and Malzahn held a joint press conference to discuss the running back's intention to stay at ASU beyond 2012. Dyer would have been eligible for the NFL Draft at the end of the season even though he is ineligible to play for the Red Wolves.

The NCAA denied a waiver seeking immediate playing time for Dyer. He said on July 20 that he wanted to remain at ASU and serve as a mentor for the team's other players.

"I will just try to do whatever I can and just become a better person," Dyer said at the press conference.



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