Michael Dyer wants to stay in Arkansas and play football.
He told USA Today's George Schroeder that he wants to stay at home to play, not his Auburn home, but for his home state..
"(Dyer would) like to stay home, saying that even if another school offered a scholarship, "If Arkansas said I could walk on, I'd go walk on at Arkansas."
Dyer 's tone is a humbled one. One that comes from being shunned and given a good riddance from the families (his home state, Auburn, and Arkansas State) he once called his own. A tone in which he knows he brought much his troubles upon himself, but now he is ready to come home, say he's sorry, and move on.
How does it hurt a program, transitioning presumably to a run-heavy offense, to bring in a running back with his football credentials? Does it hurt to bring in a running back with 1,000 yard efforts as a freshman and sophomore? Or a BCS Championship Game MVP?
It's well documented how Dyer has found his way into trouble off of the field, but at some point we move on. We move on from accusing a person who while being at the wrong places at all the wrong times, has been charged with only one crime, going 96 mph in a 70 zone. (Editor's note: Yes, there was apparently marijuana and a gun in the car with him, but he was only charged with the speeding.)
Who's throwing the first stone?
Arkansas Baptist College President and Dyer's mentor Dr. Fitz Hill reported that while at school, Dyer attended weekly meetings and maintained at least a 3.3 GPA in each semester earning his Associates degree. Hill stated Dyer is back on the right track and "with the right environment, (Dyer) could flourish."
Dyer appears cognizant of his shortcomings during his first two seasons of football, how he let his decisions lead him to precarious situations, how he needs support and will seek it out to remain on the straight and narrow.
Hill is inviting prospective coaches to come and meet with Dyer, to see the changed man for themselves.
"Here's a person who has owned up to his past and made some strides to develop as a whole person," Hill said. "If after visiting him, you don't think he's capable of living up to it, say 'No.' But don't let the media be your jury."
At worst, Dyer comes in during the summer and proves to Bielema and staff that he is again not ready for the pressures of playing Division I football and is off the team before the season starts, not even costing a scholarship.
Consider also Bret Bielema's track record with handling transfers. Bielema's most successful being Seattle Seahawk quarterback Russell Wilson. Before the NFL, Wilson went to Wisconsin after four years at NC State. Bielema also brought quarterback Danny O'Brien from Maryland to the Badgers a year ago. He and Wilson led their respective teams to Rose Bowl games.
Dyer's transition into Fayetteville comes under completely different circumstances than Wilson and O'Brien did at Wisconsin and precautions such as check-ins, drug tests and the like would be necessary, but how much significance has Bielema put on "winning the state"?
Here's your chance, Coach, to catch one that got away.
Some team, possibly even that coach from Western Kentucky, is going to give Dyer another chance at big-time college football, his last attempt at the football family it is evident that he craves.
Let it be the Razorbacks.