Dez Bryant's Ineligiblity Puts NCAA Power Back In The Forefront

Steven ResnickSenior Writer IOctober 8, 2009

STILLWATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 5:  Wide receiver Dez Bryant #1 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys celebrates his touchdown with teammate Dexter Pratt #22 during the second quarter of the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Boone Pickens Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Stillwater, Oklahoma. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Dez Bryant came into the season as one of the best wide receivers in the country, but due to an unfortunate situation he is now being forced to sit. Yet, the question is why was he ruled in eligible by the NCAA?

Was it because he signed on with an agent? Was it because he was given money or gifts by the agent? Was it more like the Oklahoma situation where he was paid for work that he didn't perform?

The answer is no to all those questions. Bryant's mistake was lying to the NCAA about a relationship with a former NFL player. From the articles I've read the name of the ex-NFL player was Deion Sanders.

When the NCAA asked Bryant about his relationship with Sanders he apparently lied. This was reported in the ESPN aritcle written by Joe Shad titled "Dez Bryant, Wide Receiver for Oklahoma State Cowboys Ruled Ineligible."

From the article there were a couple of things that happened with Sanders and Bryant. Bryant met Sanders at his home and then they worked out together at a training facility and then went out for lunch in which Bryant paid.

Bryant was interviewed a couple of times in regards to the situation and asked some questions in which he answered no to. Yet, the NCAA determined that Bryant was not being truthful. There's an NCAA bylaw in regards to lying.

Bryant is quoted as saying  "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."

The bylaw that Bryant broke states "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."

But, there's a bigger issue in this not seen since really the Jeremy Bloom ordeal is the fact that the NCAA has flexed its muscle for no reason. Yes, Bryant broke the rules by lying to the NCAA about his relationship with Sanders, but it's not like Sanders has any ties to Oklahoma State.

From what it states in the article as well is that Bryant and Sanders met in Dallas and gave each their phone numbers. According to a source in the article Sanders sends Bryant inspirational text messages everyday.

For Cowboy fans Bryant is appealing the ruling and explaining his story to the NCAA, but we can thank Myles Brand for the unlimited power that the NCAA has over its athletes.

I can understand why the NCAA has the bylaw in place especially if they are investigating some serious allegations, but a relationship between a player and a friend to me is absolutely ridiculous.

This isn't the first time a ridiculous ruling has been made in college football in regards to eligibility. As I mentioned earlier Jermey Bloom wanted to play college football for the University of Colorado. He was drafted in the fourth round by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2007 after the ruling though.


For the first two years he could play no problem for the Buffaloes, but since he was a professional skier the NCAA deemed him permanently inelgible because according to NCAA rules anyone who is paid for a sport loses their amateur status.

I mean it's one thing to say that a player is not allowed to be paid if they played at the professional level of their respective sport, but for skiing it's absolutely insane.

Another one that I didn't mention was the wins being taken away from Bobby Bowden due to a scandal involving a cheating scandal which the NCAA determined was a major rule violation.