LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Michael Dyer is heading to Louisville.
His mentor, Arkansas Baptist College president Fitz Hill, told USA Today that Dyer is on his way to Louisville, where he will accept a scholarship offer from Coach Charlie Strong, enroll in classes and become immediately eligible to play for the No. 9-ranked Cardinals.
Dyer, a highly touted running back who carried for more than 1,000 yards as a freshman and sophomore at Auburn, was the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 BCS Championship game, but brings more baggage than that.
He was suspended from Auburn over gun and drug concerns, then ran into trouble at Arkansas State and was dismissed from that team before ever playing after a drug arrest in which he also was found to be in possession of a firearm.
Dyer has not been arrested, but many schools have backed away from him.
Strong has not. Though he has among the program's core principles, "No Drugs" and "No Guns," Strong also said that he only holds players to those once they become a part of the program.
He also said at last week's Governor's Cup press conference, "You want to make sure that if you bring anyone into your program, he's going to become part of your program and you're not going to become him. That's what I always say," Strong said. "Any time we're looking to bring anyone into this program, it's all about us wanting to change that young man's future and give him a future where he has a chance to go be a productive citizen of society."
Dyer comes to U of L having completed Associates Degree work at Arkansas Baptist. This past spring, he told USA Today, "I'm not bringing anything but my clothes and myself," on his next stop. "My next opportunity, I'm just going to go play football, go to class, be respectful and do all the things I'm supposed to do. That's it for me."
Dyer joins a backfield at Louisville that's already loaded. Dominique Brown is back from an injury. Senorise Perry is expected to return, along with Corvin Lamb and Brandon Radcliffe.
Dyer, however, brings national name recognition. Strong's challenge will be to make sure it's recognized for the right things in the coming season.
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