Just a few days after running back Todd Gurley was suspended indefinitely, news has broken- according to The Atlanta Journal Constitution – that the star tailback could miss the remainder of the season due to the violation of NCAA rules. Reports stated that Gurley had been charging people anywhere between $8 and $25 per autograph, an obvious no-no for collegiate athletes. The estimated total earned by Gurley was approximately $400 for the 80 autographs according to several media reports.
Chip Towers, the author of the aforementioned report, explained in his article that if a player receives between $100 and $400 they will only miss about ten percent of the team’s games, if the player earns between $400 and $700 they will be withheld from about 20 percent of the team’s games, and finally if the player receives any more than $700 they will be suspended for thirty percent of the games.
You may be thinking how Gurley would miss the remainder of the season, but there is a catch. If there is a “significant” case built up against Gurley that is when further punishment would be laid down. A person familiar with the investigation said there is being a “significant” case built up due to a substantial amount of evidence leaking from the Athens campus. Still, the amount of games to be missed remains a mystery and could range from just a few days to the remainder of the 2014 season..
Georgia will be without their star player tomorrow when the Bulldogs take on the Missouri Tigers in a huge game in regards to the SEC East.
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