Bryant's Second Appeal Denied, College Career Over

By Mike Young on February 5, 2014 at 3:41p

At today's press conference, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer confirmed safety Christian Bryant will not return for the 2014 season after his second appeal was denied by the NCAA.

Bryant played in five games before breaking his ankle against Wisconsin and NCAA rules state a player cannot receive a redshirt year if he participated in more than 30 percent of his team’s games. Bryant also missed five games during his freshman season, so combined with 2013, he essentially missed an entire season of his career due to injuries.

Incoming freshman safeties will include Malik Hooker (New Castle, Pa.) and Erick Smith (Cleveland) while Von Bell, Devan Bogard, Russell Doup, Khaleed Franklin, Kevin Niehoff, Tyvis Powell, Ron Tanner, Jayme Thompson and Chris Worley will return at the position.

Source: @KyleRowland


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buckeyeEddie27's picture


I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

buckguyfan1's picture

Forever Buckeye.  Best of luck to you young man. 

osu07asu10's picture

Thanks NCAA, for upholding the "integrity" of the game and ensuring that all student-athletes are taken care of...

CJDPHoS Board of Directors // Best friends with Homey Hache

The 0 is silent.

Optimistic Buckeye Pessimist's picture

That's the NCAA for you, always looking out for the student-athlete.

Read my entire screen name....

dubjayfootball90's picture

Well this is upsetting. Good luck to you, Mr. Bryant

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

jeremytwoface's picture

Lame NCAA.... just plain lame.

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

Barnsey69's picture

Besides E$ecPN, the NCAA is the biggest joke in sports.
Thank you for the awesome memories #2, you are a true Buckeye.
Now go rehab hard and find a Sunday paycheck!

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes- 2014 UNDISPUTED National Champions!

JOhio1560's picture

That's unfortunate. I did not expect Bryant to win his appeal but it's still unfortunate. Bryant has had a good long career at Ohio State and will definitely be remembered.

I'm not finished!  Before we let you leave, your commander must cross that field, present himself before this army, put his head between his legs, and kiss his own arse.

Buck Commander's picture

He would have been an SEC Player he would have got 2 years ......sad but thankful for a player like him.

Every time I set my DVR to record Biggest Loser......It always records Wolverine Football Games!

PittBuckeye's picture

Hard to say this wasn't expected but it still sucks. Best of luck CB

BHT's picture

Good luck Christian Bryant. Thank you for the wonderful journey we had with you. I only wish you had  not gotten injured or the NCAA ruled in your favor.
However, it is not all that bad. We have some good backups waiting to make an impact.
Good Luck Bryant. May you succeed wherever you go.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Rats.  Grumble grumble.  Best wishes for Christian Bryant in the next chapter of his life.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

WOLFofOHIO's picture

crap. that sucks. :(

there is no greater joy than watching Michigan get slammed. in anything

BuckToAsT's picture

As these guys once said:  "It's so hard to say goodbye . . . "

Good luck C. Bryant! Best of luck to you in life. 

JozyMozy's picture

Love ya, big guy. Really excited to see where life takes you next. 

osubuck57's picture

Going to miss CB back their in our secondary as well as his leadership. BIG shoes to fill. Best of luck to him!!


Hovenaut's picture

Expected, but a shitty deal nonetheless.

Always a Buckeye, CB...appreciate all you've done in the S&G.

otrain2416's picture

Lets allow dirtballs like Manzel, the Bama player that got a dui, and LSU player that knocked a guy out outside the bar play with little or no suspension and not allow a player like Bryant play who's done all the right things...great logic NCAA

We were born to love Ohio State and hate that team up north.

Crumb's picture

The NCAA sucks monkey butt

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

Brutusbuck6115's picture

That sucks that a good player like Christian gets shot down like this over a rule that should be there to help the players. Good luck, thanks for everything Christian Bryant!

NCBuckeye2011's picture

Shucks, always liked CB. The only thing I have against him is that he often went for the big hit, not the form tackle. AKA Denard in the 2012 game getting sandwiched but still running for a TD.  Although when he went down against Wisconsin I think we all realized that he was a critical cog in the secondary.
-Best of luck in the NFL, Go Bucks

Nick_Satan's picture

I too didn't expect much to come from this, I would have loved to see him one more year. I hope he gets a chance at the next level and sticks around for a little while. He was always pretty darn solid. hate to see him go.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Anyone have any other instances where the combined games equaled this much, but they received a redshirt?

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Brandon26841's picture

Yeah, really. Like... he played in what, 5 games? I don't see how the NCAA is screwing him over like some are acting like. It was a really unfortunate injury, especially during your senior season, but I guess he just played in about 2 games too many or he would have qualified. 

Deadly Nuts's picture

Probably only played in one quarter of the FAMU game.... Didn't the NCAA also "vacate" some games from his freshman season?


spqr2008's picture

Right.  The NCAA doesn't recognize anything that happened in 2010 for the Buckeyes, so doesn't that mean we get to keep all of our seniors from last year?

spqr2008's picture

But seriously, it would be hard to restrain myself from slapping Mark Emmert if I ever saw him in person.  He isn't enough of a man to get punched.

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Negative, fellas. I'm talking about the combined games from multiple years almost totaling a full season. Wondering if there was a precedent.

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Nick's picture

Leadership will be missed (someone needs to step up) but we will be fine as far a talent goes.

OSU069's picture

LOL. Fuck the NCAA. Always looking out for the student athlete right? What a joke. 

Earle's picture

It's NCAA rulings like this that make me think that the whole players union idea isn't such a bad one after all.

Snarkies gonna snark. 

Buckeye Knight's picture

Good thing the NCAA is looking out for the STUDENT-athlete!  As Nick Saban now has to cut 8-12 players and Tennessee signs 36 players (per ESPN).
The Buckeyes will miss you #2, good luck at the next level!

Go1Bucks's picture

I am disappointed by the NCAA decision, it would have been great to have him this year.
 That said, does this open up an additional scholly? Or was that already factored in this morning?
Good Luck Christian.
Forever Buckeye. Go Bucks!

Go Bucks!

Bucksfan's picture

Meanwhile, between 8-11 still-eligible Alabama players are about to be dismissed from their team by their head football coach to make room for the newest batch of 17-18 year olds.  It is unlikely that the NCAA will even investigate this.