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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
10/17/14 - Georgia's Gurley won't play vs. Arkansas...Georgia running back Todd Gurley did not make the trip Friday with the rest of the team and won't play Saturday against Arkansas. Coach Mark Richt said Thursday that the No. 10 Bulldogs were not planning on the junior playing as school officials investigate allegations that he was paid for signing memorabilia. Georgia senior associate athletic director for sports communications Claude Felton confirmed to ESPN.com the latest on Gurley's playing status. Gurley returned to practice Monday, but a final ruling from the NCAA is required before he can participate in a game.
The NCAA sent out a tweet Thursday saying it was continuing to work with Georgia and awaiting the school's request for reinstatement. The university said in a statement Thursday that school officials met with NCAA representatives in Indianapolis and discussed Gurley but that nothing was decided. Gurley, a Heisman Trophy candidate and the SEC's rushing leader with 773 yards, has been suspended since Oct. 9. Without Gurley last week, Georgia (5-1, 3-1 SEC) banded together for a 34-0 shutout at Missouri. Freshman running back Nick Chubb did his best Gurley impersonation, rushing for 143 yards and a touchdown. - The Sports Xchange
10/16/14 - UGA's Gurley unlikely to play Saturday...Georgia star running back Todd Gurley's status for Saturday's game at Arkansas is uncertain, but head coach Mark Richt said the Bulldogs are not planning on the junior to play. "If he's eligible to play, he'll travel. If he's not, he won't," Richt said. Gurley returned to practice Monday but a final ruling from the NCAA on his status is required before he can participate in a game. Gurley is being investigated for allegedly accepting cash for autographs. Without Gurley, Georgia (5-1, 3-1 SEC) banded together for a 34-0 shutout at Missouri in a key divisional matchup last week. The Bulldogs defense forced five turnovers and limited Missouri to just 147 yards of offense.
Freshman running back Nick Chubb did his best Gurley impersonation, rushing for 143 yards and a TD. "We are not a one-man team, so we had a chip on our shoulder," Georgia tight end Jay Rome said. "We're going to play for Georgia and we're going to play for Todd." Against Arkansas, Georgia will face challenge defensively stopping the best rushing team in the SEC. The Razorbacks (3-3, 0-3 SEC) average 278.7 yards per game on the ground. "It's going to be a good game," Georgia defensive end Sterling Bailey said. "Traditional football, smash-mouth. We know they're going to run the ball. - The Sports Xchange
10/15/14 - Gurley to play Saturday if cleared...Georgia running back Todd Gurley will play Saturday against Arkansas if he's ruled eligible before the team leaves for Little Rock, Ark., coach Mark Richt said. Gurley is practicing with the Bulldogs while on indefinite suspension during an investigation into allegations that he accepted illegal benefits. "If he's eligible to play, he'll travel. If he's not, he won't" Richt said Wednesday after practice. Gurley was considered the Heisman Trophy front-runner before he was accused of violating NCAA regulations by receiving money for autographing memorabilia. He sat out Georgia's 34-0 victory over Missouri last Saturday. Richt believes there's a chance that the NCAA will clarify Gurley's status by Friday. "I would think so," Richt said. "He's either able to play or not. ... We'll definitely know in plenty of time before we get on the plane (Friday afternoon)."
Freshman running back Nick Chubb replaced Gurley last week and accounted for 174 yards against Missouri. In case Gurley doesn't return soon, defensive back J.J. Green was moved back to tailback on Tuesday to provide depth. Last year, Green played in 13 games and was Georgia's second leading rusher. Junior tailback Keith Marshall is doubtful because of right knee and ankle injuries. Gurley has rushed for 773 yards on 94 carries, an 8.2-yard average, and scored eight touchdowns this season. The junior is listed as the No. 1 running back prospect by NFLDraftScout.com. for 2015. - The Sports Xchange
10/14/14 - RB Gurley returns to Georgia practice...Suspended Georgia running back Todd Gurley returned to practice as the NCAA weighs his ongoing suspension and the Bulldogs prepare to play at Arkansas on Saturday. A ruling from the NCAA could come any day as the investigation into a "significant case" of the sale of memoribilia brought to light last week threatens to put an end to the Heisman Trophy candidate's junior season. Gurley allegedly received compensation for his autograph. He could face anywhere from a couple of games penalty to the rest of the season depending on how much he profited from sale of the memorabilia. Unlike the case involving Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, multiple reports point to evidence obtained by the NCAA that wasn't available in the Manziel case. Manziel served a half-game punishment last season to start the season. Gurley was suspended indefinitely last Thursday and did not travel with the team to Columbia, Mo., where the Bulldogs beat Missouri.
Gurley obtained attorney William King, who worked on eligibility cases involving Manziel and former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton. Both were reinstated after an NCAA investigation. The university announced earlier Friday that it was paying for Gurley's attorney, but USA Today's report indicated that Gurley retained representation on his own behalf. Georgia's compliance office was informed that Gurley was paid to sign 80 items on campus last spring and the running back profited $400. The person was said to have photos and video of Gurley signing, but no photos or video showed Gurley being paid. Manziel, now a backup quarterback for the Cleveland Browns, defended Gurley last week, saying "I feel for him." - The Sports Xchange