Gurley To File For Reinstatement

Suspended Georgia running back Todd Gurley is filing for reinstatement.

Suspended Georgia running back Todd Gurley is filing for reinstatement.

Suspended Georgia running back Todd Gurley took a step closer to the football field Wednesday as the University of Georgia announced its intention to file for his reinstatement.

“Todd has confirmed his desire to seek reinstatement, and the University fully supports Todd’s request,” an official statement from the University of Georgia reads.

“The University plans to file the necessary paperwork with the NCAA later today.”

Gurley was indefinitely suspended on October 9 due to alleged infractions against the NCAA’s regulations regarding memorabilia and autographs. It was alleged that the 20-year-old received “thousands of dollars” for signed merchandise from memorabilia dealer Bryan Allen.

Georgia (6-1, 4-1 SEC) has earned road wins over Missouri and Arkansas in Gurley’s absence.

“I want to thank the University, coaches, teammates, and the Bulldog Nation for their patience and support,” Gurley said in the statement.

“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.”

Read the statement in full

Gurley and the Georgia football team are hoping that the NCAA will render a decision ahead of the team’s next game, a November 1 clash with Florida (3-3, 2-3 SEC) in Gainesville. The Bulldogs are off this weekend.

Mark Richt’s side has just two divisional games left on the schedule, meaning the matchup in Gainesville could be enough to secure the Bulldogs the SEC East title and a berth in the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta on December 6.

A loss to the Gators would lead to a November 8 trip to Kentucky (5-2, 2-2 SEC) becoming the de facto division championship game.

Despite Gurley’s absence, Georgia has continued to roll and looks like a lock for the division title and a shot at unseating the SEC West champion, whichever side that may turn out to be. A win in the SEC Championship Game would make the Bulldogs a solid contender for one of the four College Football Playoff berths.

After the announcement that Gurley was suspended, online sportsbook Bovada adjusted Georgia’s national title odds to 14/1, ranking the side ninth.

Strong performances from the team and backup running back Nick Chubb have seen those odds cut to 8/1, good enough for sixth place on the college football futures list.

Gurley’s return could see those odds cut further.

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