Georgia head coach Mark Richt says he expects to hear a decision on the eligibility status of running back Todd Gurley. If he is ruled eligible to play, Richt will move Gurley right back into the mix on offense the next day.
Gurley is being investigated for potential NCAA violations regarding receiving compensation in exchange for signing memorabilia. Gurley was suspended from last week’s road win at Missouri, but there was never a timeline mapped out for how long the investigation would be ongoing. Richt is optimistic te investigation will be wrapping up soon, which will let him know one way or the other what the situation will be going forward.
Richt says he thinks Georgia will know by Friday a decision on the status of suspended RB Todd Gurley. Will play Saturday if eligible.
— Marc Weiszer (@marcweiszer) October 15, 2014
Gurley was a legitimate Heisman front-runner until the time of his suspension. Since he was suspended, Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott seems to have become the favorite. Gurley’s absence from the team also had a wrinkle on betting odds for the Heisman and national championship.
Gurley has returned to practice yesterday, which raised a few eyebrows. As noted though, this is not necessarily an indication on what will eventually be the final ruling. Gurley is only suspended from competition. Practicing is not against the rules.
Georgia plays at Arkansas on Saturday.