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Michael Dyer: 'This Decision Is About More Than Just Football'

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Butch Dill

A lot has been said about Michael Dyer over the past 12 hours or so, but now Dyer wants to do some of the talking.

In a statement released by Arkansas Baptist College, Dyer stated that his decision to attend Louisville is about more than just football, it's about being in the place best-suited for him to grow as a person.

"I am ready to start a new chapter in my life," Dyer said. "I've learned from my past and feel that Louisville is the best place to play the second half of my collegiate career. I thank God for Coach Strong's belief in me. I am not going to let him down.

"I was looking for something other than a great football program. I wanted a support system that would continue help me develop socially, emotionally and spiritually. Most people know that I can play football and I know that I am very capable academically. But this decision is about more than just football. It is about me as a person."

Arkansas Baptist president Fitz Hill, Dyer's mentor for the past year, has advised him to submit weekly drug tests at Louisville, something he has agreed to do.

"I want to clear my name," Dyer told ESPN's Joe Schad. "I understand the reasons I am in this situation. I placed myself here. I take responsibility.

"I understand their reasoning of not taking me. It's been very, very hard. But I'm not the same person I was. I've changed. I've grown up."

He's doing all the right things so far.