Bad news for Georgia fans. Running back Todd Gurley is expected to miss two or three games as he is investigated for allegedly accepting money to sign merchandise.
The allegations came to light on Thursday when a man came forward to Georgia's compliance office claiming he had paid Gurley $400 to sign 80 items of merchandise back in Spring.
Photo & Video Evidence
The man also claimed to have video and photographic evidence of Gurley signing the items however says that the video shows no money changing hands.
NCAA rules require colleges to suspend players immediately if they are discovered to have committed a violation and that is what Georgia initially did, suspending Gulrey 'indefinitely'. However it has today been revealed that he will miss two or three games whilst the investigation takes place.
Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt issued a brief statement:
"I'm obviously very disappointed. The important thing for our team is to turn all our attention toward preparation for Missouri."
Band news for the Bulldog's
This is a big blow for Georgia as Gurley is having an excellent season. Through five games he has rushed for 773 yards and 8 touchdowns, averaging 8.2 yards per carry.
He is considered many peoples favourite for the Heisman trophy so missing even one game - let alone three - will be a huge blow for his chances. The last time a Heisman Trophy winner missed a single game and won the trophy was back in 1993 when Florida State's Charlie Ward won the award.
There is no question that he is the most deadly part of the Bulldog's offense and this weekend they go on the road to face a 4-1 Missouri Tigers team who are the only team in the east without a conference loss. The match up could well decide who's representing the east in the SEC Title game.
Gurley's actions - if found guilty - will seriously hinder his teams chances of building on their solid start to the season. The NCCA rule in question is widely considered a stupid one. Yahoo Sports Pat Forde described it as, "outdated, offensive and under fire." Forde isn't wrong.
At the end of the day however, rules are rules, and that is probably the most known NCAA rule of all. No doubt due to the uproar constantly surrounding it. Gurley knew about the rule, and if it turns out that he violated it, he can have no complaints.
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