Todd Gurley suspended indefinitely during NCAA investigation


UPDATE #2: Andy Staples of Sports Illustrated reports that the investigation centers around Gurley allegedly signing 80 items for $400.
UPDATE: Bruce Feldman of FOX Sports reports that the suspension of Todd Gurley could be tied to extra benefits through memorabilia brokers. This is, to this point, an unconfirmed report.
In an announcement that could shape the entirety of the season for the Georgia Bulldogs while simultaneously altering the 2014 Heisman Trophy race, Mark Richt announced on Thursday that star running back Todd Gurley has been suspended indefinitely due to a potential violation of NCAA rules.

Here is the full statement from Athens:

"ATHENS —– University of Georgia tailback Todd Gurley has been indefinitely suspended from competition by the UGA Athletic Association during an ongoing investigation into an alleged violation of NCAA rules.“I¹m obviously very disappointed,” said UGA head football coach Mark Richt. “The important thing for our team is to turn all our attention toward preparation for Missouri.”"

The powerful running back is considered by many to be the favorite for the Heisman Trophy at this point in the year, but in addition, Georgia could be playing for its SEC East life on a weekly basis, and a single game where Gurley would be unavailable could be catastrophic to their team goals. This is obviously earth shattering news for the program, and we will update the situation as more information becomes available.

For now, it is certainly possible, or even likely, that Gurley would be unavailable for a virtual must-win game on Saturday in Columbia.

Stay tuned.