Originally Published: Oct 27, 2009 8:14 PM CDT
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Oklahoma Sports Staff and Wire Reports
STILLWATER, Oklahoma -- The NCAA announced Tuesday that Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant will remain suspended for one calendar year.
Bryant will become eligible to return to the Cowboys in September of 2010. The NCAA’s decision could end Bryant’s career with the Cowboys, but he will be eligible for the 2011 NFL Draft.
OSU filed an appeal to the NCAA Student-Athlete Reinstatement Committee following Tuesday’s decision by the NCAA, and the result of that appeal could be made known as early as next week.
Oklahoma State announced October 7 Bryant was ineligible to play after lied to the NCAA about a meeting with former NFL player Deion Sanders.
The NCAA said in a news release that Bryant's penalty actually constituted "relief" from even more severe penalties for breaking the agency's rules for ethical conduct and preferential treatment. Bryant could have been forced to miss anywhere from half a season -- or six games -- to being rendered permanently ineligible.
The NCAA said mitigating factors presented in Oklahoma State's case resulted in a lighter penalty for Bryant. The decision was based on whether Bryant "actively and deliberately concealed, omitted or provided inaccurate or false information" to the NCAA and whether he had multiple chances to provide accurate information but did not do so.
He has sat out the last four games for the No. 13 Cowboys (6-1, 3-0 Big 12), who host No. 3 Texas on Saturday night in a game that will likely determine which team plays for the Big 12 championship.
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