STILLWATER — A lie might have cost Oklahoma State receiver Dez Bryant his eligibility with the Cowboys for the remainder of the football season. Bryant lied to the NCAA about a visit to the home of former NFL standout Deion Sanders earlier this year and was ruled ineligible on Wednesday for violating NCAA Bylaw 10.1 (d), which pertains to unethical conduct. Sanders confirmed Wednesday to the New York Times his involvement, telling the newspaper that he and Bryant spent a day together during the summer. Sanders and Bryant met at an athletic center, Fieldhouse USA, in Frisco, Texas, and jogged before leaving for lunch. Bryant and his girlfriend had dinner at Sanders’ home later that day in Prosper, Texas. Sanders told the newspaper the NCAA asked Bryant if he had been in Sanders’ home. The OSU star said no. “He (Dez) panicked,” Sanders said. “He thought it was a violation to come over to my house, and it isn’t. He said, no, that he hadn’t been over here, and I said, yeah, he had been over here. I don’t lie, and he panicked.” Sanders told the New York Times that Gary Oliver, director of operations at Fieldhouse USA, called the NCAA to report a violation involving Bryant and Sanders. Oliver, a former college assistant coach, denied that he called the NCAA. It is not an NCAA violation for Bryant to visit Sanders’ home, but it is unclear who else, if anyone, was at Sanders’ home at the time of the visit, which has risen to the forefront of an NCAA investigation. The former NFL Pro Bowler has become a mentor to several young players, including former Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree, who signed with the San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday. Sanders’ agent, Eugene Parker, represents Crabtree. Sanders told the New York Times he was asked to mentor Bryant because of his difficult childhood and said he “called Oklahoma State’s receivers coach to ensure it was OK.” On his Facebook page, Bryant stated: "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!!" OSU has started the process of applying to the NCAA, on Bryant’s behalf, for reinstatement. It is unknown how long Bryant will be ineligible, but a source at OSU said the appeals process would begin early next week. It might take several weeks to resolve. “We are certainly disappointed,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said in a statement. “But we are moving forward as we would with any challenge during the season.” Bryant’s ineligibility is another blow to the Cowboys this season. Injuries have depleted OSU’s depth since the season-opening win over Georgia. Bryant was the Cowboys’ leading receiver with 17 catches for 323 yards and four touchdowns. Josh Cooper, Dameron Fooks and Hubert Anyiam will be counted on to make up for Bryant’s loss as quarterback Zac Robinson searches for a new No. 1 target. OSU plays at Texas A&M at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Anyiam will likely start in Bryant’s absence. Cooper is the Cowboys’ second-leading receiver with 10 catches for 157 yards and one touchdown. Fooks had a strong showing in the Pokes’ Sept. 26 win over Grambling State with two touchdown catches.