Georgia mulling legal action against dealers who paid Todd Gurley

Tuesday November 4th, 2014

Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said the school is considering pursuing legal action against any memorabilia dealers who paid running back Todd Gurley for autographs, according to The Telegraph in Macon, Georgia. 

An investigation by the school revealed that Gurley accepted more than $3,000 for autographed memorabilia and other items over a two-year period, which is an NCAA violation.

Sports memorabilia dealer Bryan Allen was one of the people under investigation by Georgia whom the school could pursue action against. Allen sent a video to several media outlets in September in which he claimed to possess video showing Gurley doing a private autograph signing. 

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McGarity said Georgia received an e-mail on Oct. 7 from a person who said he had video proof of Gurley being paid for autographs and later sent them the video, according to The Telegraph.

Georgia suspended Gurley indefinitely on Oct. 9 and he missed two games before the school applied for reinstatement following the completion of its investigation. The NCAA ruled that Gurley was to receive a four-game suspension, which makes him eligible to return for the Bulldogs' Nov. 15 game against Auburn. 

Georgia has gone 2-1 in Gurley's absence, with wins over Missouri and Arkansas and a loss to Florida. 

The Bulldogs (6-2) play Kentucky (5-4) on Saturday.

- Molly Geary


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