Bryant probe could lead to forfeits

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All-America receiver Dez Bryant played in Oklahoma State's first three games of the season -- including a season-opening victory over Georgia -- while compliance officials were investigating an apparent meeting with former NFL players Deion Sanders and Omar Stoutmire that he later lied about to the NCAA.

Documents released by the university Thursday in response to an open records request from The Associated Press show OSU suggested to the NCAA that it should interview Sanders and Stoutmire because they were "purported to work out" with Bryant.

The documents also show questions were raised about Bryant's account of events -- before the start of the season. That calls into question whether his participation in the first three games could cause Oklahoma State to forfeit, if the NCAA rules he should have been ineligible from the start.

PENN STATE: Coach Joe Paterno says Florida State's Bobby Bowden should "decide what he wants to do now" but otherwise refrained from commenting about the future of the Seminoles' coach.

Bowden came under fire this week after the chairman of the Florida State trustees said Bowden should leave after this season. The Seminoles are 2-3.

Paterno's comment came in response to a question from a listener Thursday during his weekly radio appearance.

Paterno says he's trying to avoid news about Bowden's future. Paterno leads Bowden 387-384 for most wins among major college coaches.

GEORGIA TECH: The Yellow Jackets don't pass the ball very often in coach Paul Johnson 's spread option offense.

Demaryius Thomas is making sure he makes the most of every attempt that comes his way.

Thomas is the unlikely Atlantic Coast Conference leader in yards receiving as No. 22 Georgia Tech prepares to play at Florida State on Saturday.

For Georgia Tech to boast the ACC's top receiver is remarkable considering the Yellow Jackets rank last in the league, and 113th in the nation, in passing offense.

Georgia Tech averages only 153.4 yards passing, and 107.2 of those yards belong to Thomas, a 6-foot-3 junior his teammates and coaches call Bay-Bay.

He says he is motivated to maintain the ACC lead in yards receiving.

"That would be a big accomplishment," Thomas said.

GEORGIA: Washaun Ealey , the freshman tailback out of Emanuel County Institute, won't start Saturday against Tennessee, but he'll play a more prominent role than he has been.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said Thursday that sophomore Richard Samuel is expected to start.

Ealey will share the workload after leading the Bulldogs in rushing with 33 yards on eight carries in his Bulldogs debut last week against LSU.

"He seems excited about it," Richt said. "I think he's practiced pretty well. He thinks he's ready, we'll see."

SOUTH CAROLINA: Coach Steve Spurrier said starting tight end Weslye Saunders will miss Saturday's game against Kentucky because of an ankle injury.

Saunders is the 25th-ranked Gamecocks third-leading receiver with 14 catches for 156 yards this season.

NO SEC POLICY CHANGE

Southeastern Conference Commissioner Mike Slive says there is no reason to have a "public hanging" when game officials make bad calls.

Speaking to a Chattanooga, Tenn., civic club Thursday, Slive was asked why the SEC doesn't publicly reprimand game officials for mistakes.

The league has acknowledged there was a bad call this past weekend when Georgia receiver A.J. Green was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct.

He says the SEC has an accountability system for officials and if somebody is not good enough they won't stay. The commissioner says he's "just never felt that a public hanging in the square" will make better officials.


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