The NCAA announced Wednesday that Georgia Bulldogs running back Todd Gurley must sit out two more games for accepting more than $3,000 in cash from multiple individuals for autographed memorabilia.
Georgia said it will appeal the decision “immediately.” The NCAA membership committee, which oversees the reinstatement process, will review the appeal this week.
According to the NCAA, Gurley received the cash for signing memorabilia and other items over two years and must repay a portion of the money he received to a charity of his choice. He also must complete 40 hours of community service as conditions of his reinstatement.
Gurley already has missed two games for the No. 11 Bulldogs (6-1, 4-1 SEC). Unless he wins his appeal, Gurley will miss Saturday’s game against Florida in Jacksonville and next week’s game at Kentucky. He would be eligible to return Nov. 15 against Auburn.
Gurley, whom the NCAA said acknowledged violating NCAA rules, was indefinitely suspended Oct. 9 while the school investigated allegations he received improper benefits for signing autographs.
The junior tailback has rushed for 773 yards with eight touchdowns and is averaging 8.2 yards per carry.
Gurley, considered the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy before the suspension, has continued to practice with Georgia during the suspension.