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AU practice begins, Dyer dismissed by Andy Graham

August 3, 2012
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For those of us who love college football entirely too much, our long national nightmare is almost over.
Teams all across the SEC will begin practice for the 2012 season some time this week.
The Auburn Tigers kick things off today as the calendar marks one month until the first game of the year in Atlanta against Clemson.
Regardless of who you root for, the anticipation of a new season is filled with boundless hope and unbridled enthusiasm.
All 124 Football Bowl Subdivision teams begin with the exact same record and are theoretically in the hunt for a national championship.
Every school has grizzled veterans and new dynamic freshman who are supposed to make all the difference.
The temperature will be brutal.  The intensity will be off the charts and the pads will be popping.
Football season has arrived!
Gene Chizik has recruited extremely well since accepting the head-coaching position at Auburn and consistently bringing in young talent creates passionate competition.
The Tigers have had heated battles at some positions over the last few years, but 2012 promises intense competition at almost every position.
This particular scenario is greatly beneficial to the football team.
It drives and pushes each individual player to become better and give their maximum effort.
Satchel Paige once said: “Don’t look back.  Something might be gaining on you.”
In the world of college football, someone is always gaining on you.
There’s always an underclassmen out there that wants your position and will do whatever he can to take it.
High-level competition at every position is the very best way to improve the performance of a football team. It should be a fascinating preseason to watch.
On a much less joyous and hopeful note, it was announced Sunday that Mike Dyer has been dismissed from the football team at Arkansas State.
Has there ever been a player in Auburn history to have so much potential and early accomplishments only to have such an ignominious departure?
I must admit that I cannot remember an Auburn football player that I have misjudged so badly.
In 2009 as the Tigers recruited the top tailbacks in the country, I felt sure Auburn was getting not only the best running back, but the best citizen in Dyer after seeing and hearing his press conference.
Lache Seastrunk just always seemed a little shady and has already transferred from Oregon amid allegations of one kind or another.
I will also admit that after seeing and hearing Marcus Lattimore’s press conference, I thought he had trouble written all over him.
I could not have been more wrong.
As far as I know, Lattimore has never been in trouble in Columbia and will undoubtedly be a Heisman hopeful this year.
Michael Dyer apparently finds trouble with guns and marijuana wherever he goes.
It’s a sad and disappointing story, but I don’t feel sorry for Dyer.
He was given so many opportunities that most other young men don’t receive and chose to waste every one of them.
You can ignore it if you like, but you will reap what you sow.
Graham is a columnist for Sportz Blitz.


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