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.