Former All-SEC selection and Auburn running back Michael Dyer is expected to visit TCU on a recruiting trip next week, a person familiar with the TCU football program said.
Previous reports said Dyer was expected to make an appearance on Thursday, April 4, but the person confirmed Dyer did not make an appearance on that date.
Mark Cohen, sports information director at TCU’s athletic department, declined to comment on the matter, which was also reported by AL.com and USA Today.
Andre Dyer, Dyer’s uncle, told AL.com that Dyer would visit the university and speak with coach Gary Patterson on Thursday, April 4. On Friday, April 5, Dyer told the USA Today that the university pushed back Dyer’s visit.
Dyer was a part of the 2010 Auburn Tigers team which won the national championship. As a freshman with the team, Dyer ran for 1,093 yards and five touchdowns. In the championship game against the Oregon Ducks, Dyer ran for 143 yards on 22 carries and earned MVP honors for the game.
After running for 1,242 yards and 12 touchdowns in the 2011 season for Auburn, Dyer was suspended for the team’s appearance in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl for team rules violations. His football scholarship was revoked in January 2012.
A recent and widely-reported story by Selena Roberts and Roopstigo.com claimed Dyer was one of “as many as nine” players from Auburn who were academically ineligible to play in the 2011 national championship, but had grades doctored to make them eligible. The findings of the article are currently disputed by former players who were quoted in the article.
Dyer transferred to Arkansas State the next year, where he sat out for a year, as per NCAA rules. In March 2012, Dyer was pulled over for speeding and marijuana was found in his vehicle, along with a handgun. The officer in the case has since been fired, AL.com and AOL Sporting News reported.
Dyer was released from Arkansas State by then-head coach Gus Malzahn on July 28, 2012.
Dyer is currently attending Arkansas Baptist University, a private junior college in Little Rock, Ark. He is not playing football at the university. His uncle said in multiple media statements to USA Today and AL.com that Dyer is on the Dean’s List and in good academic standing.
If Dyer were to transfer from Arkansas Baptist, he would have two years of eligibility in college football remaining.