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NCAA Announces Todd Gurley Punishment

If it sticks, he's out for a while longer.

Mike Zarrilli

The NCAA announced this morning the outcome of its investigation into Todd Gurley:

Todd Gurley, University of Georgia football student-athlete, must sit a total of four games, or 30 percent of the season, for accepting more than $3,000 in cash from multiple individuals for autographed memorabilia and other items over two years. Gurley, who acknowledged violating NCAA rules, must repay a portion of the money received to a charity of his choice and complete 40 hours of community service as additional conditions for his reinstatement. Gurley will be eligible to play on Nov. 15.

In determining the appropriate reinstatement conditions, a 30 percent withholding condition is consistent with precedent in similar cases. Additional withholding was strongly considered because the violations occurred over multiple years with multiple individuals and the student received extensive rules education about the prohibition of receiving payment for autographs. However, the university’s due diligence in its investigation and the student’s full disclosure of his involvement in the violations were factors in not imposing a more severe withholding condition. ...

The university indicated it will appeal the decision. A membership committee which oversees the reinstatement process will review the appeal this week. The committee can reduce or remove the conditions the staff has imposed, but cannot increase them.

If the appeal does not reduce the penalties, then Gurley will miss this weekend's game against Florida and next week's game at Kentucky. Gurley would then be available for the following home game against Auburn.

From reading this release, it doesn't sound good for the appeal. The NCAA is basically saying that UGA and Gurley are lucky that the penalty wasn't stiffer, so I don't think the appeal has much of a shot.