Dez Is Done!

Dez Bryant's football season has come to an end – and quite possibly his Oklahoma State playing career – as the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee announced Thursday that it had upheld the NCAA staff's decision to suspend the Cowboy junior for one calendar year.

Bryant was suspended by the NCAA on Oct. 27, after originally being ruled ineligible by Oklahoma State based on information passed on by the NCAA Enforcement Department and the Department of Agents, Gambling, and Amateurism.

The consensus All-American in 2008 only played in three games for the Cowboys this season, catching 17 passes for 323 yards and four touchdowns (which still leads the team). He also had three punt returns for 111 yards, including an 82-yard touchdown against Houston.

"We're obviously disappointed for Dez. As a team, we'll move forward from here," OSU head coach Mike Gundy said in a statement released through the Media Relations Office.

The NCAA posted the following statement on its Web site Thursday regarding Oklahoma State student-athlete Dez Bryant: "The Division I Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement, an independent membership committee, has upheld the NCAA staff decision regarding Oklahoma State University football student-athlete Desmond Bryant. With this decision, Mr. Bryant will be required to sit out a season while being charged a season of eligibility as a condition for his reinstatement. The student-athlete was declared ineligible by the university for violations of the NCAA ethical conduct and preferential treatment rules."

Bryant will be eligible to return to play for the Cowboys in September of 2010, according to the NCAA's original ruling.

However, the junior is expected to be one of the top receivers selected in the NFL Draft next April, and speculation is that he will enter the draft and bypass his final season of college eligibility.

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