On Thursday morning at the last press conference before Ohio State takes on Clemson in the Orange Bowl, Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer raved about how Christian Bryant was likely the best player on his team's defense before he went down with a broken ankle vs. Wisconsin.
Moments later, he had to share the bad news that Bryant will likely never don the scarlet and gray again.
When asked about Bryant's status going forward, Meyer said that the senior safety will not play in the Orange Bowl and has had his appeal to regain eligibility next season has been denied.
"I believe the appeal was denied," Meyer said. "Not sure if there's another one to come back for another year. He won't be able to play in this game -- there was a little bit of outside hope, but the injury was pretty severe. I'm not sure there's another appeal process, but appeals haven't been very good to the Buckeyes recently."
When asked why the appeal was denied, Meyer said it was "sheer numbers."
Bryant played in five games this season, and NCAA rules indicate a player cannot receive a single-year redshirt if they have taken part in more than 30 percent of a contests in a year. The rule is an NCAA rule but is administered by member conferences. This season, even with OSU playing 14 games, Bryant took part in more than 35 percent of the season.
Bryant was hopeful to receive another year of eligibility because he also missed five games during his freshman season of 2010 with a foot injury, but that was not a season-ending injury because Bryant returned in time for the bowl game with Arkansas.
Unless another appeal is on the way, it appears Bryant will finish his OSU career with 167 tackles, three forced fumbles and two interceptions.