I'm not an Oklahoma State fan, but the NCAA's ruling against Dez Bryant is beyond believable, and with this ruling, hopefully, the NCAA changes its policies.
Then again, they have the absolute power.
There's really nothing that Oklahoma State fans can do except bombard the NCAA with complaints in the form of e-mails, mail, and phone calls. Bryant's case is proving everything that is wrong with the NCAA.
Bryant was involved in an incident in which he lied to members of the NCAA about his involvement with Deion Sanders. His reasoning at the time was that he thought he was going to be in trouble for working out and having dinner with Sanders.
Since Sanders is not associated with any NFL team at the moment, Bryant would have been fine if he had come out and told the truth about the relationship. With the lie, it meant that the NCAA had the power to suspend Bryant indefinitely.
Of course, Bryant appealed the suspension and today he lost. The NCAA ruled that he will remained suspended until the 2010 season.
Now, Bryant and Oklahoma State are appealing the most recent decision and there will be a hearing in regards to the situation sometime next week.
Before we get into what might happen—but I have a pretty good understanding what will probably happen—when someone is convinced that they are going to get into trouble what is the most common thing for them to do? It is to lie about it.
I'm not saying that it is right to lie about something but in this case Bryant was concerned about the fact that he worked out and had dinner with Sanders. He assumed that what he did was against NCAA rules, but it wasn't.
Yes, Sanders has been linked to Eugene Parker who is an NFL agent. But, Parker has claimed that Sanders does not work for him.
At this point in time, you wonder why the NCAA is on such a power trip and that goes to Myles Brand who made it that way. I gather the rules were set in place to help weed out programs that may not have been playing by the rules.
The rules were set in place for a reason, but I also know that each event needs to be looked at on an individual basis to determine what the situation actually was. Was the player hiding indiscretions by coaches at the university or just protecting themselves from what they perceive as something they may get in trouble for?
In the circumstance did Bryant do anything really that would have resulted in a suspension if he hadn't lied?
The answer is no.
It's not like Bryant was being paid for a job he wasn't doing. He wasn't signing on with an agent or receiving gifts or cash from the agent, and he wasn't involved in anything illegal.
Since he did lie, though, there goes the rest of his junior season. It's an absolute shame that the NCAA refused to make the right choice and reinstate Bryant.