JONESBORO, Ark. — At the Arkansas State football press conference Friday afternoon, Arkansas State running back Michael Dyer announced that he will be staying in Jonesboro, meaning no transfer upcoming to Pittsburg State.

JONESBORO, Ark. — At the Arkansas State football press conference Friday afternoon, Arkansas State running back Michael Dyer announced that he will be staying in Jonesboro, meaning no transfer upcoming to Pittsburg State.

Dyer said that he never talked with Pitt State and that he only considered staying and playing with Arkansas State in the 2013 season or leaving for the NFL next spring as his future plans.

“I don’t really know how that got started out there,” he said. “I’m just going to sit out this year and do what I can with my running backs and my players and teammates that I’ve grown to love since I’ve been here.”

Rumors began circulating Wednesday night that Dyer would transfer to Pitt State, coming on the heels of the NCAA denying his waiver request earlier this month to play game days for Arkansas State in 2012.

Dyer would have become immediately eligible in Division II.

The Bleacher Report had a story citing “two sources within the Pittsburg State University football program” saying Dyer’s headed for Pittsburg.

Luke Matheson, a writer for Rivals who covers Arkansas high school and college football, wrote that multiple coaches on the Arkansas State football staff called the rumors 100 percent false.

The rumors and speculation were finally squashed like a bug Friday afternoon.

“It (the waiver) got denied,” Dyer said, “but me and Coach Malzahn have known each other for a while and we have been through thick and thin and I decided to come back and play. . . .

“I will just try to do whatever I can and just become a better person. I’ll have my time too to develop different skills and take my game to the next level and just become a better person that people can look up to. I will try to change things for myself and the way that I live throughout the time I have to sit out. I’m just going to try to do what I can as a person to become better.”

Dyer transferred from Auburn in January, coming aboard the Arkansas State football program with new ASU head coach and former Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn.

Dyer ran for over 1,000 yards during both his first two collegiate seasons but he wore out his welcome in Auburn once and for all when he was suspended indefinitely for unspecified reasons by head coach Gene Chizik before the Chick-fil-A Bowl last December.

Dyer won the offensive Most Valuable Player of the BCS National Championship Game his freshman year, rushing for 143 yards on 22 carries against Oregon.

The running back participated in spring ball for the Red Wolves. Now, with his waiver appeal denied by the NCAA, Dyer will be a scout team player in 2012.

The Dyer entry on Wikipedia changed its tune Friday afternoon, removing Pitt State from Dyer’s colleges and reinserting Arkansas State.