Dez Bryant Ruled Ineligible

Preseason All-American wide receiver and kick returner Dez Bryant has been ruled ineligible by the Oklahoma State football program, and the OSU athletic department has begun immediate efforts to achieve reinstatement from the NCAA on his behalf. Bryant violated NCAA bylaw 10.1(d) when he had interaction with a former NFL athlete that has been reported to be Deion Sanders.

Bryant had contact with Sanders after the 2008 season and when questioned about that interaction Bryant was less than honest about the situation.

Currently out of action with a hamstring injury suffered in the Cowboys win over Rice, Bryant has 17 receptions for 323 yards and four touchdowns. Over his career Bryant has 147 receptions for 2,425 yards and 29 touchdowns. He has also returned three punts for touchdowns and has averaged 19.6 yards a punt return and 23.8 yards on kickoff returns.

It is important to note that nobody involved with Oklahoma State athletics other than Bryant himself was involved in violating NCAA rules. The timeline on all the actions is fuzzy as it is believed that Bryant had his contact (possibly a workout) with Deion Sanders in the spring. It is believed that Bryant was questioned about that action by the NCAA this summer.

Once source close to the situation told GoPokes.com that Sanders preyed on Bryant and repeatedly contacted him asking him to see him. This individual told us that Bryant kept saying no, but finally relented and did meet with the former collegiate All-American and NFL All-Pro who played with the Atlanta Falcons, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, and Baltimore Ravens.

The problem really came up with Bryant's conversation about the situation with the NCAA.

Below is the full release and the NCAA bylaw released from the OSU Media Relations office:

(STILLWATER, Okla., Oct. 7, 2009) -- Dez Bryant has been ruled ineligible for a violation of NCAA bylaw 10.1(d).

Oklahoma State University has already begun the process of applying to the NCAA on his behalf for reinstatement.

This incident does not involve anyone associated with the OSU football or athletic department staffs, any employee of the university, alumni, donors, or any third-party affiliated with OSU.

OSU is taking this step because Bryant failed to openly disclose to the NCAA the full details of his interaction with a former NFL player not affiliated with OSU.

The University issued the following statement from Bryant: "I made a mistake by not being entirely truthful when meeting with the NCAA. I sincerely regret my mistake and apologize to my teammates, coaches, OSU fans and the NCAA."

OSU coach Mike Gundy said: "We are certainly disappointed, but we are moving forward as we would with any challenge during the season."

Due to the ongoing investigation of this matter, OSU has no additional comment at this time.

NCAA Bylaw 10.1 -- Unethical Conduct>

Unethical conduct by a prospective or enrolled student-athlete or a current or former institutional staff member (e.g., coach, professor, tutor, teaching assistant, student manager, student trainer) may include, but is not limited to, the following: (Revised: 1/10/90, 1/9/96, 2/22/01)

(d) Knowingly furnishing the NCAA or the individual's institution false or misleading information concerning the individual's involvement in or knowledge of matters relevant to a possible violation of an NCAA regulation;

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