GEORGIA SUSPENDS HEISMAN FRONTRUNNER PENDING NCAA INVESTIGATION
By FITSNEWS || University of Georgia running back Todd Gurley – the frontrunner for the 2014 Heisman Trophy award – has been suspended indefinitely pending an investigation into an alleged violation of NCAA rules.
“I’m obviously very disappointed,” Georgia head coach Mark Richt said in a statement announcing the suspension.
No further details were provided by the University, although reports quickly surfaced alleging Gurley received cash in exchange for signing memorabilia.
According to SI.com, an individual claims to have paid Gurley $400 to sign eighty items last spring.
Gurley has rushed for an SEC-leading 773 yards and eight touchdowns through five games so far this season. He shredded the Clemson defense in Georgia’s season-opener for 198 yards and three touchdowns – and ran for another 131 yards the following week against South Carolina.
Two weeks ago, Gurley ran for a career-high 208 yards and two touchdowns against Tennessee.
Over his three-year career in Athens, he’s rushed for more than 3,100 yards and 35 touchdowns.
No. 13 Georgia plays No. 23 Missouri on the road this weekend in a pivotal mid-season SEC East matchup.