Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant was ruled ineligible Wednesday because complications arising out of a relationship with former NFL star Deion Sanders.
Oklahoma State issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying Bryant had been ruled ineligible because of a violation of the NCAA's unethical conduct rule. The school said Bryant did not disclose his "interaction" with a former NFL player. That interaction could be interpreted as an extra benefit, for example if Bryant was working out with an ex-NFL player for free. Although in this case it doesn't seem to be the interaction with Sanders but perhaps lying to school officials about the relationship.
The Tulsa World reported on its website that Sanders was the person involved with Bryant.
The school said Bryant had violotated NCAA Bylaw 10.1 having to do with a player, "knowingly furnishing the NCAA or the individual institution false or misleading information concerning the individual's involvement in or knowledge of matters releveant to a possible violation of an NCAA regulation."
It wouldn't be the first time Sanders had reached out to form a relationship with an athlete. More than three years ago, Sanders tried to adopt current West Virginia tailback Noel Devine. Devine was in high school and moved to Texas to live with Sanders and his family. A day before reporting for practice at Prosper High in Texas, Devine took the Cadillac Escalade of Sanders' wife and drove it to DFS Airprot and flew back to his native Fort Myers, Fla.
Sanders attended North Fort Myers High, the same school as Devine.
Oklahoma State is in the process of applying for Bryant's reinstatement. Oklahoma State is at Texas A&M this week. It still has to play No. 2 Texas in Stillwater on Oct. 31. If Bryant is not reinstated by then, it could make Texas' road to the division title that much easier. In two games against the Longhorns, Bryant has a combined 10 catches for 153 yards and no touchdowns.
Bryant missed last week's game against Grambling State because of an injury.