Todd Gurley is currently suspended for an indefinite amount of time by the NCAA due to an investigation reportedly centered on the Georgia running back accepting cash for autographs and memorabilia.
The Bulldogs' star will not be traveling with his team to Missouri for this Saturday's contest.
This season's Heisman frontrunner might be missing more than just this weekend's bout against the Tigers, though. According to a report by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the NCAA's investigation could cause Gurley to miss the rest of the season.
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From the report:
A person familiar with the investigation of the possible violations by Georgia running back Todd Gurley told the AJC on Friday that it’s a “significant” case of the sale of memorabilia and there is a possibility that Gurley may not be cleared to return to the field this season.
There have been comparisons made between Gurley's case and Johnny Manziel's of last season, when the Texas A&M quarterback was suspended for half a game due to similar allegations.
The NCAA might have more evidence on Gurley's wrongdoings, though, so says the AJC.
Unlike the case involving Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M, the source says, there is evidence that wasn’t available in the Manziel case. Manziel got a half-game punishment last season to start the year.
Thankfully for everyone involved, this is an investigation that should come to a close very soon. The report states that "a determination of punishment should be made by early next week."
Georgia, meanwhile, is a team in first place in the SEC East. The Bulldogs (4-1, 2-1 SEC) are ranked No. 13 in the country. They are the favorites to represent their division in the SEC Championship Game - Gurley missing the rest of the season would likely change that - and if Mark Richt's squad wins out, they're likely a College Football Playoff team.