Photo Credit: UGA Athletic Association
The University of Georgia released a statement this morning announcing that it will file paperwork Wednesday with the NCAA to request reinstatement for suspended running back Todd Gurley, who has missed two games due to a school investigation into whether the star running back received improper benefits.
It’s not known how quickly the NCAA will respond to UGA’s request for reinstatement, though the Macon Telegraph‘s Seth Emerson notes that since the “NCAA and UGA have been working together on Gurley’s situation… UGA’s request seems almost assured of being approved.”
Signs point to Gurley being available (thankyousweetbabyJesus) for Georgia’s next game, the annual clash with the Florida Gators in Jacksonville, on Nov. 1.
Meanwhile, Gurley was recently spotted in Athens wearing—what else?—a “Free Gurley” T-shirt. Let’s hope he paid for it.
Nothing to see here…just Todd Gurley hanging out and wearing a Free Gurley t-shirt… pic.twitter.com/OoOIqH4dAD
— Adam Klug (@Adam_Klug) October 20, 2014
Full UGA statement below:
Since completing its initial review of the eligibility matter involving UGA student-athlete Todd Gurley on October 9, the University has been supporting Todd and cooperating with his legal counsel as they review the matter.
Todd has confirmed his desire to seek reinstatement, and the University fully supports Todd’s request. The University plans to file the necessary paperwork with the NCAA later today.
“I want to thank the University, coaches, teammates, and the Bulldog Nation for their patience and support,” Gurley said. “I take full responsibility for the mistakes I made, and I can’t thank the University, my coaches, and teammates enough for supporting me throughout this process. I’m looking forward to getting back on the field with my teammates.”
Gurley’s attorney, William King, said, “Todd has taken responsibility for his actions and is ready to rejoin his teammates. The University has been great throughout the past two weeks and has done everything it can to support Todd. I would especially like to thank President Morehead, Greg McGarity, and Coach Richt for standing by Todd.”
The University hopes for and expects a prompt ruling by the NCAA so that Todd, his coaches, and teammates can adequately prepare for our next game.
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