UPDATED Aug. 14, 12:10 p.m. PT: SaturdayBlitz.com received reply from the PVAMU athletic department with the following statement: “Once again, Prairie View A&M is honored to be mentioned in the running for high-profile student-athletes,” said head coach Heishma Northern. “We would have no problem reaching out to them provided we receive the proper documentation needed by our Office of Compliance in order to facilitate a transfer.”
Last the nation heard from 2011 BCS Championship star and former Auburn running back Michael Dyer, his football career appeared in jeopardy. Dyer left Arkansas State last month after an all-too-brief stopover alongside his AU offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn.
Rumors associated Dyer with reigning Div. II national champion Pittsburg State, but late Monday night a Twitter account that claims to belong to Dyer tweeted a photo and indication he’ll remain at the Div. I level. SaturdayBlitz.com sent an inquiry to the Prairie View A&M athletic department and is awaiting confirmation on the below:
The Dyer account declared intention to play for SWAC member and FCS program PVAMU in 2012.
Thanks to all the Panther fans showing me love
— Michael Dyer (@Mike_Dyer5) August 14, 2012
Assuming this transfer is valid, and he meets eligibility requirements, Dyer would be the second high profile transfer into the SWAC from the SEC. Isaiah Crowell landed at Alabama State after his dismissal from Georgia earlier this summer.
There are still a lot of questions to be answered. Dyer was involved in a criminal investigation at AU, and his July traffic stop is at the center of an Arkansas state police probe. Dyer has numerous hurdles to cross before football takes any precedent.
PVAMU experienced a mini-renaissance in recent seasons, winning the SWAC championship in 2009 behind Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Henry Frazier. The Panthers finished 7-4 in 2010, but lost Frazier to MEAC member and recent addition from Div. II North Carolina Central. Last season without Frazier, PVAMU went 5-6: a decline from its peak in the years prior, but still decidedly better than the years of historic struggle the program endured.
PVAMU lost 80 straight — 80 STRAIGHT — games from 1989 to 1998.
Panther head coach Heishma Northern was promoted from defensive coordinator after Frazier’s departure. His 2009 unit held opponents to an impressive 16.6 points per game. The PVAMU offensive coordinator is Mark Orlando, a well tenured assistant with numerous years of experience in the SWAC working at Southern. Running backs coach Brian Morgan played at Grambling State and was briefly an assistant under Todd Dodge at North Texas.