The status for Georgia running back Todd Gurley and his availability to play this weekend’s game against Arkansas in Little Rock will be known by Friday.
"We will let you know if his status changes. Not anticipating it to change this week," Richt tweeted Thursday morning.
Gurley was suspended indefinitely due to an ongoing investigation into an alleged violation of NCAA rules. Sports Illustrated reported that Georgia's compliance office was looking into if Gurley was paid $400 to sign merchandise last spring.
“If he expected to hear something from the NCAA by Friday," Richt said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I would think so. … He’s either able to play or not. … We’ll definitely know in plenty of time before we get on the plane.”
Georgia spokesman Claude Felton then said that the school is not necessarily expecting a final decision by Friday, but he would travel with the team if he is eligible to play.
Gurley, a Heisman Trophy contender, has 773 rushing yards with eight touchdowns in five games this season, after not playing in the team’s 34-0 victory at Missouri last Saturday. He has been practicing this week while the investigation continues.
The team is preparing to play without Gurley. The team moved former running back J.J. Green back to that position, after he spent time at defensive back this season.
Nick Chubb is likely to get the bulk of the carries if Gurley is not allowed to play. Chubb had 38 carries for 143 yards and one touchdown in the Missouri victory.
The Bulldogs are 5-1 and 3-1 in conference play, leading the SEC East by a half-game over Kentucky.
- Scooby Axson