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Todd Gurley Suspended Indefinitely

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…

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.

Pic: Travis Bell Photography

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42 comments

Leroy October 9, 2014 at 6:07 pm

could not wait until the big money came, had to have some now for signatures!

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Buckwheat October 10, 2014 at 7:51 am

Bag of weed ain’t cheap anymore

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Tazmaniac October 9, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Just waiting for the posters that think the players should be paid.

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idcydm October 9, 2014 at 7:57 pm

It use to be that when a player was drafted into the NFL they took a pay cut.

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Todd October 9, 2014 at 9:31 pm

You work for the school, you make money for the school, therefore you should get a cut. That is the definition of a JOB. But he knew better so he deserves what he gets.

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idcydm October 9, 2014 at 9:45 pm

When you play football for a school and if you’re good enough you get a scholarship, that’s not a job but you are being compensated.

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Tazmaniac October 10, 2014 at 8:27 am

The school houses, feeds, trains, and educates you. That is the definition of PAYMENT.

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Poster That Taz Was Waiting On October 9, 2014 at 6:45 pm

The players should be paid.

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Feed em fish eyes October 10, 2014 at 7:50 am

And they should be compensated by the performance of the entire team. Hence, our Gamecock boys would be suffering the effects of a big cut in pay about now.

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Squishy123 October 10, 2014 at 10:39 am

I have no problem with that, as long as the players then have to pay their own way. If they’re from out-of-state the players can pay out-of-state tuition, room & board, books, tutors, clothing, etc… And they also have to qualify academically just like ever other student, no exceptions.

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Same ol' Same ol' October 9, 2014 at 7:10 pm

If they are that good, let them go to the NFL without college. I know why they don’t.
Colleges need them for the money they rake in. They can’t let them stay in high school, they start scaring the younger children.
There should be no “special classes or curriculum ” for these types of student athletes. They either make it, or not. Now that would change the face of college football.

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9" October 9, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Correct.It’s a modern-day form of slavery.

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Squishy123 October 10, 2014 at 11:17 am

Yeah, because athletes at universities are so mistreated. If they don’t like it they can leave on their own free will.

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Nugget Please October 10, 2014 at 8:23 am

Then we’d just be left with a bunch of white guys and (what the black community likes to call) Uncle Tom types.

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Squishy123 October 10, 2014 at 10:35 am

So we’d end up with actual student-athletes?

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Just another guy October 9, 2014 at 8:27 pm

He got $400 for sigs. He may be back, but not for a couple of games and does UGA forfeit any games?

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Ohio St October 9, 2014 at 8:46 pm

He is done!

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Squishy123 October 9, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Johnny Football got caught doing the same thing last year, he sat a half-game.

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Ohio St October 10, 2014 at 10:31 am

Mark Richt usually does not play, he kicked Crowell off the team. Different standards are different schools

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Squishy123 October 10, 2014 at 10:36 am

Maybe he’ll pull out the Spurrier Book of Coaching and give his star player 6-7 chances before kicking him off the team.

Ohio St October 10, 2014 at 10:44 am

Or the Dabo book with Sammy, don’t throw stones in glass houses!

Squishy123 October 10, 2014 at 11:18 am

I’ll throw all the stones I want, because you like dirtpecker fans automatically think because I say something negative against the dirtpecker program that I’m a tater fan.

Ohio St October 10, 2014 at 11:49 am

Your assumptions are wrong. I am just saying it happens in all these big time programs. All these players are told what not to do when they get on campus, the rule needs to be break the rule and you are gone. Big time player or bench warmer, break the rule-you are out! You did say something about the poor old dirtpeckers without mentioning the tater issues, if you are not bias mention that both have problems. He who is without sin cast the 1st stone!

Squishy123 October 10, 2014 at 12:57 pm

I’m not a fan of either school, but I do find tater fans more tolerable than dirtpecker fans. I don’t know what it is but dirtpecker fans have this superiority complex about rooting for a shitty school. Outside of the horseshoe the campus might as well be in downtown Detroit.

Squishy is my bitch October 10, 2014 at 12:32 pm

Squishy really is a Clemons fan. He claims he isn’t over and over but if he isn’t he has no life seeing how much he posts on here. Either way he can say hello tonight in his prayers to his in the dirt pecker lover momma of his for me.

Scooter October 13, 2014 at 7:39 pm

Richt shows a little integrity.

SCBlues October 10, 2014 at 7:30 am

“He got $400 for sigs”
For signing 80 (eighty items) – you do the math.

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Just another guy October 10, 2014 at 7:38 am

Yet the number 3 Georgia Jersey is still for sale at the UGA book store. Sounds about right

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Todd October 9, 2014 at 9:28 pm

$400? That’s it?

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Jerry Maguire October 10, 2014 at 8:25 am

Apparently negotiation is not his strong suit.

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Squishy123 October 10, 2014 at 8:55 am

How much do you get to sign your name 80 times? I’d be surprised if his autograph is even worth $5.00 at this time.

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Extraordinary Mediocracy October 9, 2014 at 11:30 pm

Every student athlete (or the team that signs him) that signs with the pros prior to graduation should be required to pay back the full cost of the scholarship he received with interest and a fee for training.

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Roberto October 10, 2014 at 5:31 am

Pay back who? The booster club pays for the scholarship. The University only rakes in cash, and gets the upside from all the football exposure.

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G.O.B. October 10, 2014 at 8:12 am

UGA will miss Gurley but they also have an army of great running backs.

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CL October 10, 2014 at 8:45 am

I guess the only person who can stop Todd Gurley is Todd Gurley. I will for the life of me never understand why the NCAA and the colleges could not look past their short term greed on paying players. There are plenty of academic scholarships that pay stipends. So it was a false choice between “student-athlete” and “semi-professional athlete.”

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VoiceofReason October 10, 2014 at 8:49 am

Idiot Fits! UGA is investigating not the NCAA. Yet another fine piece of Fits journalism.

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VoiceofTruth October 10, 2014 at 12:39 pm

Idiot! UGA suspended him because the NCAA is investigating it. . Are you really that fucking dumb you don’t know the difference? I guess your ACC is the best high and might ass went to UNC on those no show classes they offer up there?

Direct quote 2 hours ago from ESPN’s website

“a source told ESPN’s Joe Schad that the NCAA investigation centers around whether Gurley was given money for autographs, memorabilia or the use of his likeness”

I repeat “the NCAA investigation”
Get a fucking clue idiot

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Justin October 10, 2014 at 8:59 am

Yeah, it’s probably more in the $2000 range, not that it really makes a difference.

http://thebiglead.com/2014/10/10/todd-gurley-reportedly-received-2000-for-autographs-and-there-is-allegedly-video-of-him-signing/

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Justin October 10, 2014 at 9:00 am

Also, Mark Richt’s quote should be “I’m obviously very disappointed in the NCAA for continuing to have such archaic and moronic rules. It is beyond stupid that only the NCAA and its institutions can profit off of players’ names and likenesses.”

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Crooner October 10, 2014 at 4:30 pm

If Gurley gets suspended for the season he should be allowed to play in the NFL immediately. I think the Chargers would start him on Sunday.

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seriosuly October 10, 2014 at 8:18 pm

He should have raped somebody “allegedly” nobody would even bother to investigate, he could get a he is an OE whatever and be on his ways to the pros. Sheesh, these guys need to learn what is and isn’t acceptable.

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exactly October 11, 2014 at 8:46 am

Or thrown a girl down a flight of stairs

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