Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Bryant ruled ineligible

This could be a problem for Oklahoma State:

Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant has been ruled ineligible for violating an NCAA bylaw, the school announced Wednesday.

Bryant was ruled ineligible by the school because he lied to the NCAA when he was asked if he had visited Deion Sanders' home and had worked out with him.

Bryant is the best receiver in the country, bar none. He didn't play last week against Grambling because of a sore calf, but he still has 17 catches for 323 yards and four touchdowns this year after posting 87 catches for 1,480 yards and 19 touchdowns last season. It would be a major blow to the Cowboys' offense if he can't play again this year, although it appears Okie State is doing everything possible to get him back -- the school has already applied to the NCAA for his reinstatement.

The strange thing is that Bryant isn't in trouble for his relationship with Deion Sanders; he's in trouble for lying about it to the NCAA. The only reason you would lie, of course, is if you have something to hide, so I have a feeling we've seen the last of Bryant in a Cowboys uniform.

Things haven't exactly gone according to plan for Oklahoma State since the season-opening win over Georgia -- the loss to Houston was exacerbated by an unspecified ankle injury to star running back Kendall Hunter, who hasn't played since -- but the possibility of a 10-win season was still out there, and I was looking forward to watching one of the country's best offenses go up against Texas and Oklahoma. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like we're gonna get that chance.

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