Getting caught in a lie is a teachable moment for anyone. Getting caught in a lie when there was no reason to lie is a much harder lesson to learn. Oklahoma State junior wide receiver Dez Bryant didn’t commit an NCAA violation by going to Deion Sanders’ house. Bryant’s sin was knowingly misleading officials during an investigation. Essentially, the NCAA police flashed a bright light in Bryant’s eyes and he freaked. As a result, the NCAA suspended the All-American indefinitely. The Cowboys weren’t exactly riding high in the saddle before Bryant’s fall, but losing him is like losing your pulse. "You’ve eliminated the single-most dominant talent at a position in the league, regardless of the position,” said Pat Jones, former OSU coach and college football analyst. This is what Bryant posted on his Facebook page: "This is why I’m suspended.....I went to Deion sanders house ....and the NCAA found out.....they ask me if I been to his house I told them no...I thought it was a violation...but it wasn’t... so I told them I went to his house... I lied to ...them and I shouldn’t have....and I’m not suspended for the rest of the season....I’m sorry osu!!” Bryant was said to be remorseful and emotional while apologizing to coaches and teammates on Wednesday. The kid messed up, and he knows it. However, such mistakes are not easily corrected. Please, save the sermon on how the NCAA is so unfair. Give it a rest. Bryant deserved to be suspended. Bryant said in his post he will not be suspended for the rest of the season. Don’t hold your breath. Why would NCAA officials expedite reinstatement to someone who just lied to them? Heck, the NCAA drags its feet on seemingly every issue it faces. Why would this organization hustle to reinstate a liar? Don’t forget, the NCAA’s wounds are still fresh from the case it just lost involving Cowboys pitcher Andy Oliver. The folks at OSU don’t anticipate much leniency from the NCAA. If Bryant is allowed to play again this season, it would rank right up there with UTEP beating Houston last Saturday. It’s possible, but hardly conceivable. My guess, Bryant is done at OSU. Next stop is the NFL, where Bryant will still make millions of dollars, but several million less at the outset. What a waste of his final college season. Bryant is all about football. If he’s not playing it on the field, he’s playing it on video games. It’s all he’s got. It’s his future, and with good reason. When properly focused on the football field, Bryant can do anything to anyone. He can beat you long, beat you short, beat you to the flag, beat you to the post, beat you over the middle, beat you to a jump ball, beat you on a return, beat you to the end zone. Bryant is so hyped, he often becomes dehydrated during pre-game warm-ups. Bryant was the guy on the sideline waving a white towel in support of teammates last season against Missouri State, despite not catching a single pass in the game. He’s the one who frequently leaps into the stands to be with his fans. Though he was not in uniform for OSU’s last game, Bryant still led the team out of the tunnel and onto the field against Grambling State. Wednesday’s dismissal makes you wonder if Bryant actually was held out of that game because of a lie, and not because of a bad hamstring. Bryant is the heart of this team, the most important muscle. The Cowboys already were hurting physically. Bryant’s departure figures to hurt them emotionally. Saturday’s game at Texas A&M now carries a much heavier burden. Even with Bryant in the lineup, winning at Kyle Field was not a given. Under these circumstances, beating a team widely considered to be the worst in the Big 12 South might qualify as an upset for OSU. Lose Saturday, and the Cowboys take one giant leap toward the division cellar. OSU was ranked in the preseason Top 10 poll for the first time in school history and now faces a season on the brink of disaster. And that, Dez Bryant, is the painful truth. John Rohde: 475-3099. John Rohde can be heard Monday-Friday from 6-7 p.m. on The Sports Animal Network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.
OSU at Texas A&M→When: 11:30 a.m. Saturday →Where: Kyle Field, College Station, Texas →TV: FSN (Cox 37) →Radio: KXXY-FM 96.1