Athens, GA (SportsNetwork.com) – Georgia running back Todd Gurley will begin
the process of seeking reinstatement after his indefinite suspension for an
alleged violation of NCAA rules.
Gurley has missed Georgia’s last two games, both victories, while the school
conducted an investigation. The ninth-ranked Bulldogs are idle this week and
will next play on Nov. 1 against Florida.
The junior has been suspended since Oct. 9 and offered an apology through the
school on Wednesday.
“I want to thank the university, coaches, teammates and the Bulldog Nation for
their patience and support,” said Gurley. “I take full responsibility for the
mistakes I made, and I can’t thank the university, my coaches and teammates
enough for supporting me throughout this process. I’m looking forward to
getting back on the field with my teammates.”
Details of the investigation haven’t been made public, although reports have
indicated it to revolve around Gurley possibly being paid for signing
autographs and memorabilia.
“Todd has taken responsibility for his actions and is ready to rejoin his
teammates,” said Gurley’s attorney, William King, through the school. “The
university has been great throughout the past two weeks and has done
everything it can to support Todd.”
Gurley was a top Heisman Trophy candidate after five games this season,
rushing for 773 yards with an average of 8.2 yards per carry and eight
touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown and has 11
catches for 53 yards.
Nick Chubb has filled in admirably during Gurley’s absence. The freshman ran
for 143 yards in a 34-0 win at Missouri, then churned out 202 yards in a 45-32
victory over Arkansas.
The university said it was hoping for a prompt NCAA ruling in an effort to
prepare for the game against Florida in Jacksonville.