LIVE: Georgia gives it a go minus Gurley

If the Vanderbilt game was Todd Gurley’s exit from UGA, the Dogs must improve in other areas. (Brant Sanders/AJC)

Georgia players come together after warmups today.

Georgia players come together after warmups today.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Good morning and welcome back to actual football. It should be a nice departure from everything else that’s happened since 5:23 p.m. Thursday night, when Georgia sent out the following email: “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.”

The NCAA is expected to resolve the Gurley matter by early next week. The AJC’s Danny Robbins and Chip Towers reported that the ongoing probe into Gurley’s relationship with memorabilia dealers who allegedly paid him to sign items may result in the junior tailback being declared ineligible for the rest of the season. That almost certainly would end his chances to win the Heisman Trophy and could significantly impact Georgia’s pursuit of an SEC championship and a college playoff berth.

Outside of Gurley, this Bulldogs’ team has flaws. Minus having the best player on the field and probably the best player in the country, they’re going to need develop a better passing attack with quarterback Hutson Mason and lessen some of the mistakes on defense.

Mason at least will have his two best receivers available today against Missouri: Malcolm Mitchell (who played last week against Vanderbilt) and Justin Scott-Wesley (who was held out of the game because of stitches in his hand). Nick Chubb and Brendan Douglas will get most of the carries that would’ve gone to Gurley. Both are good but neither is a Heisman Trophy candidate.

The other key today is how Georgia players respond emotionally to the events of the week. Gurley isn’t only a great player, he’s popular with teammates and his suspension stunned them all. The winner of today’s game will be in control in the SEC East. But the potential hangover of Gurley’s suspension looms large and it will be interesting to see how the team reacts.

If you’re looking to catch up on events of the past few days, here’s a few links:

• From Robbins, Towers: Why Gurley’s reported “significant” involvement with memorabilia dealers may end his season.

• My blog: Why Gurley’s absence puts pressure on Mason, defense to improvem

• My column: If Gurley indeed violated rules, blame is on him, not NCAA

• Tim Tucker’s recap of some recent NCAA cases.

• A look at the sleazy autograph industry by Robbins, Michael Kanell

• Athletic director Greg McGarity’s defense of UGA’s handling of  investigation

• Tower’s look at Gurley’s replacement, Nick Chubb

That’s it for now. I’ll be here all game. The cyber-floor if now yours.

What’s your thoughts on how Georgia responds today?

Digital Jukebox
— AJC: Minus Gurley, Dogs must overcome flaws
— MyAJC: If Gurley broke rules, blame him, not NCAA
— AJC: With Gurley suspended, is Georgia done?
— AJC: Weekend Predictions: No Gurley, no Dogs, no kidding
— AJC: Blank stands by Smith, Dimitroff. What say you?
— MyAJC: Arthur Blank won’t give Falcons’ mandates, speculate on future
— AJC: Falcons have turned this week into a must-win game
— MyAJC: Georgia Tech’s season may be turning into something special
— AJC: Short takes on Georgia Tech’s win over Miami, starting with … defense?
— AJC: Tech has a chance to take charge in ACC Coastal
— AJC: Braves should have left Gonzalez decision to new GM
— AJC: Weekend Predictions: Tech, UGA win, Falcons continue kindness
— AJC: Are Braves waiting for Dayton Moore?
— MyAJC: Hawks are still playing wrong game off the court
— MyAJC: Falcons’ losses like this are on Mike Smith
— AJC: Falcons: No defense, no line, no chance
— MyAJC: John Hart says Braves ‘lethargic,’ need changes
— AJC: Weekend Predictions: Falcons, Dogs win, Rocker loses
— AJC: Braves’ Hart says he would be open to mentoring role
— AJC: Would Braves be better off not going “Braves Way”?
— MyAJC: Georgia is 0-1 but SEC East is still there for taking
— MyAJC: Full column: Frank Wren did a lot right but big things hurt him
— AJC: Quick blog: Frank Wren failed at major decisions
— AJC: Terry McGuirk is on the clock (updated)
— MyAJC: Georgia’s next 7 games are what really counts
— MyAJC: Falcons now realize they need to step on gas
— AJC: Weekend Predictions: Falcons win, Jackets lose, Goodell cowers

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Big Wally
Big Wally

Tech down 24-12, don't jump Oh-idiot, don't jump!

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

The Barn self destructing at Miss State 14 the Barn 0.

Big Wally
Big Wally

Ga. won big, Tech losing, someone take all the sharp objects away from OH-techeye before he hurts himself.

Dawgsandbones9
Dawgsandbones9

NICK CHUBB and Coach Pruitt's Defense, I love all you guys!!!

So proud of the way you played against a ton of adversity!

Very PROUD to call myself a BULLDAWG!!!!!

OH-IO
OH-IO

Chubb my Bud

OH-IO
OH-IO

Anyone know a copyright attorney?

OH-IO
OH-IO

Chubbalicious

OH-IO
OH-IO

Nick Football

gditty
gditty

Georgia's ex CB is getting ready to light up Miss State.

GeorgeJuarez
GeorgeJuarez

Congratulations to Chubb, he had a great day and stepped up when he was needed and kudos to the defense, Georgia proved to the football world that there is more to them than Gurley, but I hope that Gurley gets reinstated soon

ChipShirley
ChipShirley

CHUBB CHUBB CHUBB CHUBB HAVE YOU HAD ENOUGH? CHUBB CHUBB CHUBB!

OH-IO
OH-IO

Chip tweets 2nd shutout


Doesn't mention it was Troy


Delusional

ChipShirley
ChipShirley

@OH-IO CHUBB CHUBB CHUBB CHUBB HAVE YOU HAD ENOUGH? CHUBB CHUBB CHUBB!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

Congrats to the Chubbatollah.

MesaDawg
MesaDawg

Gotta keep Chubb and Douglas healthy.  Maybe get some depth back in a few weeks at RB.

MesaDawg
MesaDawg

Undeniably the best game GA has played in years.  Chubb filled admirably as did #22.  But this day belonged to the Defense. 4 picks and shut down their run game.  Credit also our OL and FB's w/tremendous blocking. Mason came through w/3rd down plays.  No picks and I think we only had one penalty. ST played great no big returns and luck on GA's side recovering three of their own fumbles.  The air just went out of MO in this game. I think Pruitt felt w/o Gurley he' would have to step on D and only did prevent once, the rest of the day was pressure.  I feel for Gurley though, if he was in this game he'd have run for over 200 yds the way the Offense was clicking.  He'd have helped his Heisman chances ten fold.  Some mistakes in life........  Great day to be a dawg. 

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

All the whaling and gnashing of teeth over what's his name being suspended.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@OH-IO @gtcaryd You were the one jumping for joy, peeing on yourself yesterday and messing up your panties.

OH-IO
OH-IO

@gtcaryd


The sky is falling The sky is falling


Wa Wa Wa 


Boo Hoo Hoo


I ran out of tissues

FalconUGAFan
FalconUGAFan

I haven't been whaling for some time, but I did go to the seaquarium once.

OH-IO
OH-IO

dogs are tied with KY and the gators in the LEAST!


Man

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@OH-IO

Who are the Buckeyes tied with in the B1G least. Man o Man, anybody but Sparty left in the top 20.

FalconUGAFan
FalconUGAFan

He really is a bitter little thing isn't he?

FalconUGAFan
FalconUGAFan

That really is true. He has a pretty good team. He should concentrate on them

FalconUGAFan
FalconUGAFan

No idea who they are...I don't spend my life on the dawg blogs like you do.

Big Wally
Big Wally

@FalconUGAFan UGA is living rent free, right between his ears.  He just can't get over the bitterness.

keendaddy
keendaddy

Bucky,

your yellow jackets winning?

OH-IO
OH-IO

@keendaddy


Not mine


They're down 2 and game is delayed due to weather