Gus Malzahn’s message to all of AStateNation, we are all in this thing together.
This thing just got a whole lot better here Friday at 1:00 p.m. central when Malzahn and one of his former 5 star recruits at Auburn sat side by side at the Arkansas State Athletic Complex.
Michael Dyer ended all speculation and rumors here today when he told the Arkansas State Media that he was not transferring to any other school and was not declaring early for the NFL Draft.
“Coach Malzahn and I have been through the thick and thin, I have decided to come back and play here,” Dyer said. “I want to finish this thing out here (Arkansas State) with Coach Malzahn.
Malzahn has talked about how important family is to him and his coaching staff, it appears that it was his relationship and the relationship Dyer has made with the ASU coaching staff that played a major role in former MVP of NCAA National Championship game between Auburn University and the University of Oregon.
“There is no doubt that we will have the best running back in the nation playing for us next fall,” Malzahn said after the announcement. “It really came down to two options, either him declaring early to the NFL after sitting out or coming back and playing here next season. He has decided to play for us next fall. I promise you I’m tickled to death on the decision he has made. I left the final decision up to him. I can tell you that our team, our coaching staff and everyone in our program is happy about his decision.
Malzahn explained that he and the athletic department had submitted a waiver to the NCAA a couple of months ago and it was denied. ASU appealed the ruling and got the final denial over a week ago.
According to Malzahn he met with Dyer about the situation once he returned from vacation after receiving the final word from the NCAA
“I met with Michael twice,” Malzahn said. “I think a lot of him, I left it up to him, it was his decision. We wanted the best for him.”
Dyer was asked if he ever had discussed with Pittsburg State about transferring to the Division 2 reigning National Champions.
“I’m not sure how that got started,” Dyer said “I never considered transferring.”
According to Malzahn, Dyer will play a valuable role on this year’s football team.
“He will help us coach our current running backs,” Malzahn said. “He will help us in a lot of ways. He will be the best scout team running back in the nation.”
Dyer's first game as a Red Wolf will be ASU opener at Auburn in 2013.