Todd Gurley Suspended by UGA

ATHENS - Georgia's season may have just come to a screeching halt.

Superstar running back Todd Gurley has been suspended indefinitely by Georgia for an alleged violation of NCAA rules, the University said late Thursday night.

The suspension comes during an "ongoing investigation into an alleged violation of NCAA rules."

"I'm obviously very disappointed," said UGA head football coach Mark Richt. "The important thing for our team is to turn all our attention toward preparation for Missouri."


Todd Gurley hurdles a defender during Georgia’s win over Tennessee (Dean Legge/Dawg Post)

Sports Illustrated is reporting that Gurley was paid $400 to sign autographs in the spring. Auction site EBay had 248 Todd Gurley-signed items at 7:00 PM Thursday night. From SI.com: "A person confirmed to Georgia’s compliance office this week that he paid Gurley $400 to sign 80 items on campus in Athens, Ga., one day this past spring. The person claimed to have a photo and video of Gurley signing the items, but neither the photo nor the video showed money changing hands."

Former Heisman winner and Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was in the middle of a similar investigation last fall, but was only suspended one half of the season opener.

The question becomes - is that it for the Georgia Bulldogs this season?

It sure seems that way.

We’ve seen what Georgia looks like without Todd Gurley and with Aaron Murray, and it wasn’t that great. We’ve not seen Georgia without Todd Gurley and Hutson Mason, and it can’t be better than what that was.

If Todd Gurley doesn’t play at Missouri on Saturday, and Georgia loses, much of Georgia’s hard work in the offseason will be for naught. That’s because Georgia isn’t Georgia without Todd Gurley.

Its hard to see the Bulldogs getting to Atlanta without first beating Missouri. Its hard to see Georgia beating Missouri without Todd Gurley.

Let’s be frank - we don’t know what will come of this matter. Cam Newton’s suspension in 2010 was for about a day. Johnny Manziel was suspended a half.


Todd Gurley celebrates with fans after Georgia’s win over Tennessee (Dean Legge/Dawg Post)

Right now everyone at Georgia is running around with their heads cut off, and no one knows what to think. 48 hours before the biggest game of the season, the biggest player in the country is “indefinitely suspended”. Not sort of suspended like Jameis Winston - full blown suspended.

Its a punch to the gut of a program that, for the second time in five seasons, sees its best player sidelined for NCAA violations. Georgia will travel to Missouri and face the Tigers on Saturday at noon, but there’s no telling what will happen in the game.

Gurley is as good as there is nationally. There’s no real reason to expect him to play Saturday, and if he doesn’t play there’s no reason to expect Georgia to win. Its that simple.

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