John Clay: Transfer would be big boost for Louisville

Herald-Leader Sports ColumnistJuly 30, 2013 

Random notes:

■ Forget recruiting classes and signees and all that stuff.

The state's biggest college football addition, as far as players are concerned, could come this week if the rumors are true and Michael Dyer enrolls at Louisville.

As a freshman running back at Auburn, Dyer was merely the MVP of the BCS title game when the Tigers defeated Oregon to wrap up the 2010 season.

His sophomore season turned into a send-off when Dyer was kicked off the team by the Tigers at the end of the 2011 campaign for multiple violations of team rules.

He transferred to Arkansas State but never played there. After a stint at Arkansas Baptist, he is supposedly ready to play for a Division I team again.

You can debate whether Dyer deserves a second or third chance all you want, but his addition would strengthen an already strong Louisville offense. That's inarguable.

■ Madison Southern star running back Damien Harris, ESPN's No. 3-rated tailback for the Class of 2015, fulfilled a lifelong dream by committing to his favorite team, the Michigan Wolverines, on Monday.

And yet I don't think Mark Stoops is going to give up on getting the state's best player in any class.

■ John Calipari is an author, a blogger, a motivational speaker and now a clothing designer.

Oh yeah, he coaches a little, too.

■ Did you see where Vanderbilt basketball lost its two starting guards on Monday? Kevin Bright will play pro ball in Germany. Kedren Johnson has been suspended for a year for a violation of "student conduct."

Meanwhile, Kevin Stallings is pulling out what little hair he has left.

■ Before Tuesday night's game in San Diego, the Reds had lost four straight games by a combined count of 9-3.

■ Says here that Mark Stoops should say yes to a dress code for road games and no to gray uniforms.

■ Next recruiting name for UK football followers to watch: Dorian Baker. Hearing the staff loved the Cleveland Heights wide receiver at its Friday Night Lights camp. But Baker might be waiting for an offer from Ohio State.

■ Of the 39 high school players who signed with UK in 2013 or have committed for 2014, 13 are from Florida, 12 are from Ohio.

■ Fun fact: Nine of the 14 SEC teams brought quarterbacks to the league's Media Days in Hoover, Ala., two weeks ago.

■ Johnny Manziel has been booted out of more college parties than I ever got into.

■ A belated Happy Birthday to Marty Brennaman, who turned 71 on Sunday. Marty is still as feisty as ever.

■ Did you see where the CEO of Twitter committed a potential NCAA violation by celebrating on Twitter when a top wide receiver committed to Michigan?

■ Alex Rodriguez hasn't played a major-league baseball game all season and I couldn't be more tired of hearing about him.

■ I fully expect to hear any day now that Miley Cyrus is dating Johnny Manziel.

■ On the one hand, Manziel is only 20 years old. On the other hand, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater is 20 years old and he hasn't made a single off-the-field headline.

■ Georgia Coach Mark Richt says South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney is the best football player at any level. I'm not so sure he's wrong.

■ This has to alarm most athletic directors: Even after an 11-win season in 2012, Florida has not sold out its season-ticket allotment.

That should tell you right there that bigger stadiums are not the answer. Stadiums that make for a better fan experience are the answer.

■ North Carolina guard P.J. Hairston has suffered three traffic stops in cars that did not belong to him. In the latest incident, Hairston was cited for driving his girlfriend's car 93 mph in a 65 zone.

Moral of the story: Don't let P.J. Hairston drive your car.

■ Fans who think managers don't matter in baseball are not paying attention to Tampa Bay's Joe Maddon.

John Clay: (859) 231-3226. Email: jclay@herald-leader.com. Twitter: @johnclayiv. Blog: johnclay.bloginky.com

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