Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was investigated for selling autographed memorabilia last year. Despite photos surfacing of Manziel signing items, the NCAA could not find any evidence that he received money for the autographs and ultimately reached an agreement with the school to suspend him only for the first half of the season opener against Rice for an "inadvertent violation" of rules.
Theoretically, Gurley's suspension could be short or for the remainder of the season, depending on the violation and what can be proven.
Georgia's news release quotes coach Mark Richt saying, "I'm obviously very disappointed. The important thing for our team is to turn all our attention toward preparation for Missouri."
That will be easier said than done. The Bulldogs are 4-1 largely because of Gurley, who's rushed for 773 yards, an 8.22 yards per-carry average and eight touchdowns in only five games. Georgia ranks 10th nationally in rushing and 108th in passing.
Gurley is the nation's consensus leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy. In ESPN's latest Heisman Watch, he was given nine out of 10 first-place votes by the website's panel of experts. The only other first-place vote went to Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott.
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