The University of Georgia sorely missed their future first-round running back, Todd Gurley, when he was suspended for 3 games during the 2014 season (not really, see freshman Nick Chubb).
This suspension was a result of him having received over $3,000 for signed memorabilia he had provided over the course of a period of around two years.
This lead Georgia State Rep. Chuck Sims to propose a bill that would prevent a large number of these violations from happening. When voted upon in the Georgia State senate, it received an overwhelming 48-4 vote of approval.
This bill was signed into law on Thursday by Georgia governor Nathan Deal, which threatens those who tempt college athletes to compromise their eligibility to be sentenced up to a year in prison.
While Gurley will now be taking the field on NFL Sundays as opposed to College Saturdays, this bill provides a heavy deterrent to the shady business of tempting amateur athletes into accepting illicit funds. While this law is only in effect in the state of Georgia at the moment, it would not be shocking to see other states with big-time college football and basketball programs to follow suit.
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