Dez Bryant's use of indoor facility was an NCAA violation

BY RYAN SHARP, Asst. Sports Editor, rsharp@opubco.com Modified: November 7, 2009 at 9:21 am •  Published: November 7, 2009

There was more to the NCAA's issues with Dez Bryant than the Oklahoma State receiver's lies about meeting with Deion Sanders.

According to documents obtained by The Oklahoman through an open records request, the NCAA found that Bryant violated bylaws for preferential treatment because of his visit to Fieldhouse USA in Frisco, Texas, without paying for his time at the facility.

The NCAA found that Bryant violated bylaw 12.1.2.1.6, which deals with preferential treatment, benefits or services. Athletes who violate that bylaw are required to repay the value of the benefit to a charity of their choice.

In a rules "interpretation request" sent by OSU to the NCAA, the school said use of the indoor turf by any member of the public would cost $140 per hour. The school also said Sanders and Bryant said they "jogged around" on the turf during their one-hour visit to the facility, that there was no football equipment used and that they were the only ones on the turf during that time.

After the NCAA ruled the free use of the facility a violation — a secondary infraction — OSU sent another letter to the NCAA arguing Bryant should only be responsible for half of the $140 and that Sanders should be responsible for the other half. The school also said Bryant would repay the $70 to a charity of his choice — an NCAA-required action.