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UGA Still Awaiting a Decision on Todd Gurley

Todd Gurley

It’s now late-afternoon on Monday and we still don’t know if UGA running back Todd Gurley will play on Saturday against Florida in Jacksonville.

Gurley was suspended indefinitely on Oct. 9 amid allegations that he accepted compensation for autographing merchandise for Bryan Allen, a former sports memorabilia dealer.

On Wednesday, Oct. 22, UGA issued a statement that they planned to “…file the necessary paperwork with the NCAA later today.” The release also stated that the school “hopes for and expects a prompt ruling.”

So how long does it take the NCAA to review and make a decision on a student-athlete reinstatement request? Based on the NCAA Policies and Procedures for the Committee on Student-Athlete Reinstatement, it takes a minimum of 48 hours:

5. Student-athlete reinstatement requests will be prioritized based on the next date of competition, the order in which the case was received and the timing of when the violation was discovered. After necessary information is received and a case is complete, the student-athlete reinstatement staff generally requires 48 hours to complete a thorough review of the information presented before rendering a decision. Thus, if a case file is not complete until less than 48 hours prior to competition; the student-athlete reinstatement staff may not be able to render a decision prior to the contest. All requests should be submitted to the student-athlete reinstatement staff in a timely fashion once the violation is discovered to ensure a complete review can be conducted prior to the next competition.

According to the Frequently Asked Questions on the NCAA’s website, reinstatement requests are usually completed in approximately one week.

Q.  How long does the reinstatement process take?

A.  The length of time it takes to process a reinstatement request varies greatly based on the complexity of the case. Often a reinstatement request that involves serious and/or complex violations of NCAA regulations will require extensive follow-up. Once all information is submitted via RSRO and the facts of the case are complete, it takes approximately a week for the staff to render an initial decision that is communicated to the institution through RSRO.  The staff, also is very aware of competition dates and strives to render decisions prior to the next date of competition, whenever possible.

Taking the above into account, the NCAA may not have initiated their review of Todd Gurley’s reinstatement request until today because Georgia was off on Saturday.

During the 2010-11 academic calender, the NCAA reports they completed approximately 1,850 requests, which is around 7.5 per day (minus weekends and holidays). So they do have other cases to review.

Also based on the above, if the NCAA doesn’t complete their review by 3:30pm ET on Thursday, they may not render a decision this week which would mean Gurley missing another game.

On behalf of Dawg Nation, GATD NCAA!! (Get After That Document)



  1. dawg

    Oct 27, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    If the request was submitted on Wednesday, why do you say they may not have started the review until today? The way I read it, it takes at least 48 hours, up to a week. So I would think we would hear by this Wednesday, correct?

    • Kevin Kelley

      Oct 27, 2014 at 11:00 pm

      Because of this:

      “Student-athlete reinstatement requests will be prioritized based on the next date of competition, the order in which the case was received and the timing of when the violation was discovered.”

      Georgia didn’t play Saturday, so there may have been cases in front of Gurley’s.

  2. Sonee Bennett

    Oct 27, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    That’s what I say!?! Cam newton and Johnny football was right back at it!?! It’s obvious no one wants GA to shine!?! Go Dawgs!!!!

  3. lemondrop87

    Oct 27, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    And dawg & Sonee Bennett, just take a look @ FSU’s Winston he only missed 1 game and none for the others, also “THE Gators, Harris don’t think he was penalized any for his Sex Penalty; if he did it was only 1 game. He is to be the starting QB for them & against us. Show them DAWGS, we not afraid of them Gators; besides don’t you all want to get Muschamp gone sooner than later? GOO DAWGSSS; FINISH THE DRILLLLL!!!

  4. Bodeen69

    Oct 28, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    The NCAA as a whole is the epitome of wormy-dog organization……they drag their butt about anything that isn’t putting money in their pocket, and right now, UGA ain’t getting their hands under the table fast enough!!

  5. Bodeen69

    Oct 28, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    …People are literally recovering from Ebola faster than the NCAA is acting on this matter….

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