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Dyer's behavior contract a 'zero tolerance' deal

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07:24 AM ET 08.06 | In the eyes of coach Charlie Strong, the University of Louisville is giving former Auburn running back Michael Dyer a second chance. The Most Valuable Player of the 2011 BCS national championship game was dismissed from Auburn after "violating team rules." He transferred to Arkansas State but never made it onto the field after a speeding stop unveiled his possession of marijuana and a gun. Strong, who opened his news conference on Monday reading from a written statement on Dyer, said that he would have to sign a behavior contract and "there will be zero tolerance" of violating the team's five core values, which include no drugs and no guns. "Accountability and responsibility are so key to the development of any player," Strong said. "I understand this one is a big one."

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August 6, 2013  08:37 AM ET

Not sure whether to believe Dyer has cleaned up his act or not. If he has put away the weed and pistols, then I wish him the best and hope he realizes that he owes many people a big apology and many thanks to Coach Strong for giving him yet another chance. I do believe that he and Teddy will be one heck of an exciting backfield for Louisville.

August 6, 2013  08:56 AM ET

A Leopard doesn't change its spots.

But, I hope this kid has or will straighten things out. There's been more than one waste their God given talent.

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August 6, 2013  09:24 AM ET

President of the school he attended is Dr. Fitz Hill. Dr. Hill was an asst at Arky b/f taking a head coaching job at San Jose St. Dr. Hill is one of the finest men I have ever met, and a great leader and mentor. His story of building that school in one of the roughest neighborhoods in LR is very inspiring. He feels his calling is to help redirect troubled youths.

IF Dyer took to heart what Dr. Hill tried to teach him, and IF Dyer is serious about turning his life around, then I expect him to have a very positive impact @ Louisville.

I can't think of many that could serve as a better, more-positive role model for a troubled youth than Dr. Hill. Best of luck to Dyer....I hope he turns his life around.

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August 6, 2013  09:52 AM ET

What happens, though, if he scroos da pooch? Will people crucify CS, like they try to do Urb, as a guy with a "win with thuggery, if you have to" approach?

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August 6, 2013  09:56 AM ET
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What happens, though, if he scroos da pooch? Will people crucify CS, like they try to do Urb, as a guy with a "win with thuggery, if you have to" approach?

Hey, we don't need any well-thought out ideas to stimulate a reasonable discussion here!!! This is T&R.....RUMORS RULE!!

August 6, 2013  10:09 AM ET
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I think most like CS so no.

So Urb gets the rap because he's seen as a richard?

August 6, 2013  10:10 AM ET
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Hey, we don't need any well-thought out ideas to stimulate a reasonable discussion here!!! This is T&R.....RUMORS RULE!!

Yeah, what TZ said.

August 6, 2013  10:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

So Urb gets the rap because he's seen as a richard?

You rang?

August 6, 2013  10:12 AM ET
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What happens, though, if he scroos da pooch? Will people crucify CS, like they try to do Urb, as a guy with a "win with thuggery, if you have to" approach?

Its LVille. They are happy to be in any discussion about winning football, whatever it takes

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August 6, 2013  10:32 AM ET

There's no cure for stupidity.

August 6, 2013  11:03 AM ET
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President of the school he attended is Dr. Fitz Hill. Dr. Hill was an asst at Arky b/f taking a head coaching job at San Jose St. Dr. Hill is one of the finest men I have ever met, and a great leader and mentor. His story of building that school in one of the roughest neighborhoods in LR is very inspiring. He feels his calling is to help redirect troubled youths. IF Dyer took to heart what Dr. Hill tried to teach him, and IF Dyer is serious about turning his life around, then I expect him to have a very positive impact @ Louisville. I can't think of many that could serve as a better, more-positive role model for a troubled youth than Dr. Hill. Best of luck to Dyer....I hope he turns his life around.

Excellent backstory, WPS. Maybe this young man Dyer can turn it around with that kind of mentoring.

August 6, 2013  11:53 AM ET
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Its just the way it is man.

It suxes mightily.


I get what you're saying, and I'm not a Urb pumper after he left da Gatahs in a bind talent-wise, but the situations of differing criteria/measuring sticks being used against people chaps my hindquarters bigtime.

August 6, 2013  12:10 PM ET

What a pompous, aggrandizing, jerk Strong is...

He is closing the door on kids everywhere that are leading a proper life.

Oh, we're making him sign a "behavior contract". Just so you can play a kid who burned through all of his chances already.

Hey Chuck, doesn't Lawrence Phillips have a year of eligibility left?

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August 6, 2013  12:44 PM ET
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It suxes mightily.I get what you're saying, and I'm not a Urb pumper after he left da Gatahs in a bind talent-wise, but the situations of differing criteria/measuring sticks being used against people chaps my hindquarters bigtime.

I know what you are saying GR but it comes with the territory when you are willing to provide an opportunity to those some deem questionable. I actually like to see guys give the troubled ones a chance, but....(the rest of that sentence could go anywhere).

I remember Jerry Tarkanian talking about the reputation he had for giving troubled players a chance. He said he was hired to win games and he sought the best players that helped him do that. He had a lot of players of questionable character and never did shy away from getting them. Some straightened out and benefited from the opportunity. Others remained "questionable" for lack of a better term. He was upfront about it though. He also said he didn't like a lot of them and definitely didn't want to invite them to his house. Just wanted 'em to play ball and win games.

 
August 6, 2013  12:57 PM ET
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I know what you are saying GR but it comes with the territory when you are willing to provide an opportunity to those some deem questionable. I actually like to see guys give the troubled ones a chance, but....(the rest of that sentence could go anywhere). I remember Jerry Tarkanian talking about the reputation he had for giving troubled players a chance. He said he was hired to win games and he sought the best players that helped him do that. He had a lot of players of questionable character and never did shy away from getting them. Some straightened out and benefited from the opportunity. Others remained "questionable" for lack of a better term. He was upfront about it though. He also said he didn't like a lot of them and definitely didn't want to invite them to his house. Just wanted 'em to play ball and win games.

Excellent post

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