Georgia running back Todd Gurley did not join the team on its trip to Arkansas for Saturday's game against the Razorbacks, reports Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald.
The statement also indicates that president Jere Morehead, director of athletics Greg McGarity and other school officials met with the NCAA Committee on Infractions in Indianapolis to address the case involving swimming and diving coach Jack Bauerle and that Gurley's situation was also discussed with the governing body's eligibility staff.
After the release of the statement, the official twitter account for NCAA news tweeted that Georgia has yet to request Gurley's reinstatement. "Regarding Todd Gurley's eligibility, the NCAA is continuing to work with Georgia and is awaiting the school's request for reinstatement," the tweet read.
Georgia announced Gurley's suspension in a statement last week after an allegation that he violated NCAA rules.
Gurley returned to practice on Monday after missing Saturday's win over Missouri but there was no update on a timetable for his returning to games. On Thursday, Georgia coach Mark Richt posted a message to his Twitter account saying he did not expect Gurley's status to change this week.
SI.com's Andy Staples reported last week that someone told Georgia's compliance office that he paid Gurley $400 to sign 80 items on campus one day this spring. The report says the person said he had video and a photo of Gurley signing the items, but that neither the video nor the photo showed an exchange of money.
In five games this season, Gurley has rushed for 773 yards and eight touchdowns on 8.2 yards per carry. He is considered one of the top candidates for the Heisman Trophy. With Gurley out against the Tigers, freshman Nick Chubb rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown.
Georgia is 5-1 (3-1 SEC) this season and ranked 10th in the latest AP poll.
- Chris Johnson