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10/30/14 - The NCAA upheld its four-game suspension of Georgia tailback Todd Gurley on Thursday night, ending the school's final hope of having its biggest star in uniform for Saturday's game against Florida. In a statement released Thursday night, the NCAA's student-athlete reinstatement committee denied Georgia's appeal of Gurley's four-game suspension. The NCAA announced the suspension on Wednesday, when it said Gurley accepted more than $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over a two-year period.
Gurley, who already has been held out of two games, will be eligible to return on Nov. 15 against Auburn. Georgia said Thursday night it was "very disappointed" its appeal for Gurley's immediate reinstatement was denied. "We believe our case to the NCAA for Todd's immediate reinstatement was strong and compelling," Georgia said in a statement. "However, we now have exhausted all available options and look forward to Todd's return to competition on Nov. 15. The full attention of the Bulldog Nation now needs to be focused on our team and Saturday's important game against Florida." Gurley will also miss No. 9 Georgia's game at Kentucky on Nov. 8. When announcing the four-game suspension, the NCAA said it "strongly considered" a harsher punishment. Gurley, a junior, was found to have taken cash from multiple individuals, even though the NCAA said he received "extensive rules education about the prohibition of receiving payment for autographs." - AP Sports
10/29/14 - The NCAA has ruled that Georgia star running back Todd Gurley must sit out until Nov. 15 for accepting more than $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over a two-year period. The school had applied for Gurley's reinstatement after he missed the last two games while the school investigated allegations of improper benefits. But the NCAA said Wednesday that Gurley must serve a four-game suspension, or 30 percent of the season, for accepting cash from multiple individuals. He also must repay a portion of the money to a charity of his choice and complete 40 hours of community service in order to be reinstated for the Nov. 15 home game against No. 4 Auburn. Georgia says it will appeal the ruling. - AP Sports
10/29/14 - The NCAA has suspended Georgia running back and Heisman candidate Todd Gurley for four games for "accepting more than $3,000 in cash from multiple individuals for autographed memorabilia and other items," it announced Wednesday. Georgia is appealing the suspension, the NCAA said, verifying that an oversight committee "will review the appeal this week." Gurley has already missed two Bulldog games, wins over Missouri and Arkansas. If upheld, the suspension would see him also miss Georgia's matchups with Florida and Kentucky, and be reinstated for the Bulldogs' home date with Auburn on Nov. 15. Per the NCAA statement, Gurley must also "repay a portion of the money received to a charity of his choice and complete 40 hours of community service as additional conditions for his reinstatement."
Gurley emerged as a Heisman front-runner after rushing for 773 yards and 8 touchdowns in Georgia's first five games, but was suspended indefinitely Oct. 9 over an undisclosed violation of NCAA rules. Gurley continued to practice with the team, however, and on Oct. 22 Georgia announced it was applying to have Gurley reinstated. The NCAA's statement indicated it asked for additional information from Georgia the following Friday, Oct. 24, which it received last weekend before informing the university of its ruling Tuesday afternoon. "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," Gurley said in a statement issued the day of Georgia's application for his reinstatement. "I'm looking forward to getting back on the field with my teammates.” - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
10/28/14 - No. 9 Georgia got along just fine without Todd Gurley in its last two games. Coach Mark Richt didn't sound too concerned Sunday about whether he expects the Bulldogs to have their star running back for one of their biggest rivalries, the annual Cocktail Party game against Florida. Richt shrugged off the inevitable questions about Gurley's status as Georgia returns from an off week, firmly in control of the Southeastern Conference East race after freshman Nick Chubb did a stellar job filling in for dominant wins over Missouri and Arkansas. "We're just waiting for a response," Richt said on his weekly conference call with reporters. "We just don't know what to expect. We're just going to keep practicing hard and preparing for the game."
Gurley was indefinitely suspended while the school investigated whether he received improper benefits for signing autographs. Last week, Gurley acknowledged making mistakes and the Bulldogs applied to the NCAA for his reinstatement, indicating that missing two games should be considered sufficient punishment. The NCAA has not indicated when it will rule. "We really don't know," Richt said. "It's just wait and see." Gurley was one of the favorites for the Heisman Trophy before his suspension. He has rushed for 773 yards and eight touchdowns, averaging 8.2 yards per carry; ranks third on the team with 11 receptions; returned a kickoff for a 100-yard TD; and even completed Georgia's longest pass of the season, a 50-yarder. - AP Sports
10/22/14 - Georgia to apply for Gurley's reinstatement...Georgia will apply to the NCAA on Wednesday for running back Todd Gurley to be reinstated so he can resume playing for the Bulldogs. The Heisman Trophy candidate and the SEC's rushing leader with 773 yards has been suspended since Oct. 9 while school officials investigated allegations that he was paid for signing memorabilia. He missed the team's wins over Missouri and Arkansas while serving the suspension. SI.com had reported Gurley was allegedly paid $400 to sign 80 items for a memorabilia dealer. "Since completing its initial review of the eligibility matter involving UGA student-athlete Todd Gurley on October 9, the University has been supporting Todd and cooperating with his legal counsel as they review the matter," the university said in a statement Wednesday. "Todd has confirmed his desire to seek reinstatement, and the University fully supports Todd's request. The University plans to file the necessary paperwork with the NCAA later today."
No. 9 Georgia has an open date this week and doesn't play again until facing Florida in Jacksonville on Nov. 1.
"I want to thank the University, coaches, teammates, and the Bulldog Nation for their patience and support," Gurley said in the statement. "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." Freshman Nick Chubb started at running back in place of Gurley. Chubb had two impressive games, carrying the ball 38 times for 144 yards and one touchdown against Missouri and 30 times for 203 yards and two scores against Arkansas. - The Sports Xchange