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Oklahoma State backs the reinstatement of Dez Bryant

Coach Mike Gundy says the school is 100% behind the star receiver, who was suspended last week for lying about a meeting with former NFL star Deion Sanders.

October 13, 2009|Associated Press

Oklahoma State Coach Mike Gundy said Monday the school is backing the reinstatement of wide receiver Dez Bryant, less than a week after declaring him ineligible for lying to the NCAA.

The school put the All-American on the sidelines on Wednesday for lying to the NCAA about his relationship with former NFL star Deion Sanders. Bryant sat out Saturday as No. 16 Oklahoma State won, 36-31, at Texas A&M.

Bryant played in Oklahoma State's first three games this season while compliance officials were investigating his meeting with Sanders and another former NFL player, Omar Stoutmire, that Bryant later lied about to the NCAA.

"We have started the reinstatement process, which means we're in support of him 100%," Gundy said. "He made a mistake. He was untruthful and he's admitted that."

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Forcier to start if cleared to play

Michigan Coach Rich Rodriguez says freshman Tate Forcier will start at quarterback against Delaware State if he is cleared to play after having a concussion against Iowa.

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New Mexico coach resolves legal claims

New Mexico Coach Mike Locksley has resolved "all legal claims" involving a former football administrative assistant, although details were scarce in a statement issued by the university.

According to a plaintiff's attorney, Locksley told Sylvia Lopez she was too old to be attractive to recruits, prompting the 25-year university employee to file an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint against the coach in April.

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Miami linebacker Jordan Futch will miss the remainder of the season because of a knee injury. . . . Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops said leading receiver Ryan Broyles "has not been ruled out" for Oklahoma's game Saturday against Texas. Broyles missed last week's game against Baylor because of a hairline fracture in his left shoulder blade. . . . Florida State senior tight end Caz Piurowski is out for the season after tearing ligaments in his right knee.

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