UGA releases statement on Todd Gurley's suspension, Gurley admits mistakes
The Georgia Bulldogs athletic department released an official statement Wednesday morning, announcing their plans to file an official reinstatement request to the NCAA for their star running back Todd Gurley.
“Todd has confirmed his desire to seek reinstatement, and the University full supports Todd’s request,” the statement says. “The University plans to file the necessary paperwork with the NCAA later today.”
In the official release, Gurley also takes the opportunity to extend gratitude to his teammates and UGA fans for their support throughout his indefinite suspension as well as admit the mistakes he made in regard to receiving extra benefits.
“I want to thank the University, coaches, teammates, and the Bulldog Nation for their patience and support,” Gurley said in the release. “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.”
Gurley was initially suspended back on Oct. 9, for allegedly accepting money for autographs from memorabilia brokers. No definite length was ever given on his suspension while the NCAA was investigating and the Heisman candidate missed Georgia’s last two games as a result.
Of course, there are no guarantees that Gurley will be back with the team until the NCAA makes an official announcement, but the move to officially file a reinstatement request by Georgia certainly shows a strong likelihood that Gurley will return sooner rather than later and in time for Georgia’s next game against the Florida Gators on Nov. 1.
“The University hopes for and expects a prompt ruling by the NCAA so that Todd, his coaches, and teammates can adequately prepare for our next game,” the statement reads.
Prior to the suspension, Gurley led the SEC in rushing with 773 yards and eight touchdowns. Georgia went 2-0 in his absence and beat Missouri and Arkansas by a combined score of 79-32.