UGA to seek reinstatement of Todd Gurley today
UGA has completed their investigation and paperwork and plans to file for the reinstatement of Todd Gurley today.
Below is the statement from UGA:
Since completing its initial review of the eligibility matter involving UGA student-athlete Todd Gurley on October 9, the University has been supporting Todd and cooperating with his legal counsel as they review the matter.
Todd has confirmed his desire to seek reinstatement, and the University fully supports Todd’s request. The University plans to file the necessary paperwork with the NCAA later today.
“I want to thank the University, coaches, teammates, and the Bulldog Nation for their patience and support,” Gurley said. “I take full responsibility for the mistakes I made, and I can’t thank the University, my coaches, and teammates enough for supporting me throughout this process. I’m looking forward to getting back on the field with my teammates.”
Gurley’s attorney, William King, said, “Todd has taken responsibility for his actions and is ready to rejoin his teammates. The University has been great throughout the past two weeks and has done everything it can to support Todd. I would especially like to thank President Morehead, Greg McGarity, and Coach Richt for standing by Todd.”
The University hopes for and expects a prompt ruling by the NCAA so that Todd, his coaches, and teammates can adequately prepare for our next game.
Gurley was suspended on Oct. 9 and has missed the games at Missouri and Arkansas.
If the NCAA acts swiftly, it seems definite that Gurley has served a two-game suspension and will play against Florida in Jacksonville on Nov. 1.
Today on the SEC Coaches Teleconference, head coach Mark Richt said that they are hoping to get a “relatively quick turnaround” on the reinstatement request.
“We don’t know, we can’t control (the NCAA) and when they give us information. We’re hoping we find out as soon as possible,” Richt said. “We’d like to know if in fact Todd will be able to play against Florida. We’re hoping to know early enough to plan for that.”
“I think everybody, all parties, were satisfied with how everything went,” said Richt. “We wanted to be thorough, and do things on Todd’s timing too. Just wanted to make sure that when we presented something it was correct, it was not rushed. We just wanted to make sure things were done properly. So that’s what we did.”