October 10, 2014

Georgia running back Todd Gurley could miss the rest of this season over possible NCAA violations, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Friday.

A report earlier Friday from Fox Sports said Gurley was expected to miss two to three games amid an investigation into whether he accepted money in exchange for signing memorabilia.

A person with knowledge of the investigation told the AJC that Gurley's is a "significant" case of memorabilia sale that includes evidence that wasn't available in the case that resulted in former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel being suspended for the first half of the Aggies' opener last season. Sources told the paper that a decision on Gurley's punishment is expected early next week.

Georgia announced on Thursday that Gurley has been suspended indefinitely.

SI.com's Andy Staples reported that someone confirmed this week to Georgia's compliance office that he paid Gurley $400 to sign 80 items on campus one day this spring. The report notes the person has video and a photo of Gurley signing the items, but that neither shows money changing hands​.

According to an ESPN report, a Georgia man who allegedly paid Gurley for autographs has hired high-profile Atlanta attorney Ed Garland. The man, Bryan Allen, allegedly sent an e-mail to several media outlets where he claimed to possess video of Gurley doing a private autograph signing. 

In five games this season Gurley has rushed for 773 yards with eight touchdowns. He is considered one of the top candidates for the Heisman Trophy. 

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"I'm obviously very disappointed," Georgia coach Mark Richt said in the school's statement. "The important thing for our team is to turn all our attention toward preparation for Missouri." 

Gurley reportedly did not travel with the team to Columbia, Mo., for Saturday's game against the Tigers.

Georgia's (4-1) next two games after Saturday are at Arkansas (Oct. 18) and against Florida (Nov. 1).

-- Chris Johnson and Molly Geary

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