Former Panther football star Dez Bryant ruled ineligible

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - All-America wide receiver and former Lufkin Panther Dez Bryant has been ruled ineligible by Oklahoma State for an improper interaction with a former NFL player.

Bryant said Wednesday in a statement released by the university that he "made a mistake by not being entirely truthful when meeting with the NCAA." He also apologized to his teammates, coaches, fans and the NCAA.

According to an Oklahoma State press release, the university already begun the process of applying to the NCAA on his behalf for reinstatement.

"We are certainly disappointed, but we are moving forward as we would with any challenge during the season," Oklahoma State Head Coach Mike Gundy stated in the press release.

A top NFL prospect, Bryant caught 87 passes for 1,480 yards and 19 touchdowns last season while also scoring twice on punt returns.

He has 17 catches for 323 yards and four touchdowns this season, but sat out Oklahoma State's last game against Grambling State.