Coach: Dez Bryant done at Oklahoma State

BY BRANDON CHATMON, Staff Writer, bchatmon@opubco.com Modified: November 5, 2009 at 2:52 pm •  Published: November 5, 2009
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Gundy had allowed Bryant to skip some team activities, including practice, because it was difficult emotionally to be around the team while ineligible. He was in Dallas for an interview last week when the NCAA's initial decision came out.

"He's been in and out and around and in touch," offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer said earlier this week. "It's just been a struggle mentally and it's just been a tough time for everybody."

"He's still working out and doing some things and somewhat on his own and somewhat with us," Brewer added.

While Bryant was away, Brewer said, he had been "really trying to get with his family and make some decisions for him for the long haul." The Cowboys lost to Texas 41-14 last Saturday to fall out of a tie for the Big 12 South lead.

"I don't think there's any doubt it's been very, very emotional thing. It's a dream of his to play in games like that against Texas. It was very hard," Brewer said. "That's been his life, playing ball, and he loves playing college football. It's been taken away and that's just something we're all dealing with."

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