Dye speaks

Wide receiver Xavier Dye has had a change of heart and will stay with the Tigers.

The past several days have been full of ups and downs on an emotional roller coaster for Xavier Dye. Coach Dabo Swinney granted Dye's request to be released earlier this week.

After missing practice on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dye chose against leaving Tigertown and showed up at Swinney's office on Thursday to ask if it was OK to stay.

Consumed by stress and worrying what he was going to do and where he would go next, he had trouble doing much of anything other than think.

"I couldn't focus on my school work. It was a time that I could take some time off and think about the whole situation," Dye said.

He sought advice friends and family, spending hours on the phone, listening to voice mails and reading text messages. After a couple of days, Dye realized what he needed to do—stay.

"I feel I made the right decision," he said.

He said there has been plenty of support from his teammates.

"They didn't want me to leave," Dye said.

Thinking about them and not wanting to leave what he started, Dye decided to visit Swinney today and told him that he had a change of heart.

It was the mounted frustration of no playing time against Georgia Tech that led him to request a release from the program.

"You go from being the guy to not even playing a snap on the field," Dye said. "It was kind of frustrating."

At practice on Thursday, he was on the scout team. From here, he's got a long road to getting back to where he was a week ago.

"I'm man enough to go out, work harder and compete," Dye said.

Had he left, Dye said he would have looked at enrolling at a school on the quarter system. Ones he mentioned by name were Cincinnati, Ohio State and Oregon.

"But I feel this is where I need to be at," he said.

Dye also addressed the team today.

"I'm pretty close to a lot of the guys, Coach Swinney too. We had good conversations and everything. We talked like businessmen. There was no fussing and yelling at each other. We talked in a positive manner," he said.

Dye was ranked as a three-star wide receiver by Scout.com in 2006 coming of Byrnes High School. He was also tabbed as the No. 66 wide receiver in the nation.

The 6-5, 205 pound junior wide out also played at Greenwood High School before electing to transfer to Byrnes before the start of his senior season.

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