Although Dallas Cowboys wide receiver and Oklahoma State alum Dez Bryant earlier today suggested that he didn’t get paid during his tenure as a Cowboy, he reportedly didn’t do the vast majority of his classwork.
According to SI.com, Bryant (who isn’t alone in the accusation) rarely completed any scholastic work by himself and had tutors do the vast majority, which lead to Bryant being named to the second-team academic All-Big 12.
In 2008, Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant was named second-team academic All-Big 12, a salute to players who best combine athletic and scholastic achievement. There is no disputing Bryant’s on-field accomplishments as a sophomore — he was second in the nation with 19 receiving touchdowns — but several teammates and two former assistant coaches scoffed at the notion that he would be honored for his academics. “You didn’t have no choice but to laugh at it,” says Victor Johnson, a Cowboys safety from 2008 to ’10.
According to Johnson and one of the former assistant coaches, it was well known that Bryant would not go to class unless shepherded, often by a football staff member, and that tutors did a majority of his coursework. “He just wasn’t supposed to be there. There’s no way he could do the college work,” said the former assistant coach. “Once he got there, he was connected with the people that would help him.” Calvin Mickens, a cornerback from 2005 to ’07, says he also saw tutors do coursework for Bryant.