The NCAA ruled on Wednesday that Georgia running back Todd Gurley must sit out two more games, increasing his suspension to four games. Gurley was originally suspended indefinitely on October 9th for receiving money after signing memorabilia.
When the news broke, reports stated that Gurley received $400 for signing 80 pieces of memorabilia. After the NCAA investigated further, they found he accepted more than $3,000 from multiple memorabilia dealers over the past two years. In addition to the four-game suspension, Gurley also has to complete 40 hours of community service and donate a portion of the money he received to charity of his choice.
He will be eligible to return on Nov. 15 against Auburn.
Georgia released a statement saying they will appeal the suspension immediately. The NCAA membership committee will review the appeal this week. They can either revoke or reduce the suspension but can not increase the amount of games.
The NCAA released a statement regarding the matter.
“The university’s due diligence in its investigation and the student’s full disclosure of his involvement in the violations were factors in not imposing a more severe withholding condition.”
Since Gurley has been suspended, freshman running back Nick Chubb has filled in tremendously. In two games. Chubb has rushed for 345 yards and three touchdowns. The Bulldogs are 2-0 in those games, posting wins over Missouri and Arkansas.
Gurley was off to an amazing junior campaign before being suspended. Through five games, he rushed for 773 yards and eight touchdowns. He is projected to be the first running back off the board in the 2015 NFL draft.
No. 11 Georgia is still very much alive in the college football playoff race. If they can manage to win the rest of their games and secure a birth in the SEC championship game, a playoff spot is up for grabs.
The Bulldogs face off against the Florida Gators this Saturday at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS.
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