Muschamp expects NCAA to clear Gurley

Georgia still hoping for NCAA to clear Todd Gurley before Florida game. (Jason Getz/AJC)

Georgia still hoping for NCAA to clear Todd Gurley before Florida game. (Jason Getz/AJC)

Georgia still hoping for NCAA to clear Todd Gurley before Florida game. (Jason Getz/AJC)

While Georgia continues to wait for word on whether Todd Gurley will be given clearance by the NCAA to play in Saturday’s game against Florida, Gators coach Will Muschamp is already operating on the assumption that the Bulldogs’ running back will there.

“Absolutely. I would expect him to play,” Muschamp said Monday at his weekly news conference in Gainesville.

The comments were in response to a question about Gurley’s uncertain status. Muschamp had alluded to Gurley during his general remarks about Georgia to open his conference: “Extremely talented running back in Todd Gurley. One of the best football players in college football. He’s a violent runner. He’s a great competitor, a guy that really competes on every down in what he does.”

Gurley has been practicing with the team for the past two and a half weeks, even while sitting out the last two games with a suspension during an investigation into whether he broke NCAA rules by signing memorabilia for profit. Gurley certainly seemed to admit guilt in a statement released by Georgia last week after the school applied with the NCAA for his reinstatement: “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.”

Many believe Georgia would not have applied for reinstatement unless it expected the NCAA to approve the request, but there has been no announcement yet.

One independent dealer has said that he paid Gurley $400 to sign 80 items, but that doesn’t explain the hundreds of signed Gurley items that are on an authenticated autograph website, James Spence Authentication.

Here are a few other Muschamp comments from his news conference:

— On avoiding distractions with rumors circulating about his job security: “Every week is the same during the season. It’s groundhog day, as far as hours, time, time spent watching film. I’m hardly ever in my office, other than the staff room. Complete bunker mentality during the season. As far as all of the other (distractions), I travel from home to work and work to home. That’s about all I do. I’m not into the other stuff.”

— On how the criticism has affected him as a father: “It’s tough. You’ve got to get home and explain to your nine-year-old why they’re chanting to fire your dad.”

— On Georgia winning the last three meetings (24-20, 17-9 and 23-20 last year): “We’ve had three games that have come down to the last drive of the game. We need to play and coach better in those situations. We’ve had opportunities to get off the field defensively. We’ve had opportunities to go for a possible tie, and we haven’t done it. Credit their team and what they’ve been able to do but we’ve certainly had opportunities.”

— On whether Georgia’s defense looks different under Jeremy Pruitt: “The ends, [Jordan] Jenkins and [Leonard] Floyd, are very active in what they do. Both linebackers, [Amarlo] Herrera and [Ramik] Wilson are very instinctive. … They haven’t given up many big plays. That, as much as anything, is different. Last year they were young on the back end.”

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POAD2014
POAD2014

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$3000 cost you 4 games



GUILTY DOGS!!!!!!!

See he IS GUILTY

Stuff if you CHEATING MUTTS.


HEISMAN Bye Bye what a fool.

PigIron
PigIron

Guess it wouldn't be the first time Muschamp got something wrong...

GwinnettFred
GwinnettFred

@PigIron Disagree - he will get reinstated. The whole thing comes down to the amount he received to make it a 2 game or 4 game suspension If the NCAA already had information it was over $400, they would have already denied the reinstatement request an if they haven't found anything to substantiate it's over $400 by now, they won't.

Don't get me wrong and say I'm a blinded UGA fan, I'm a Tech fan, but being honest, I say he's reinstated.

PigIron
PigIron

@GwinnettFred

I don't doubt that you are honestly expressing your opinion. Nor do I doubt that your opinion is not based upon factual information.

ThulsaDoom
ThulsaDoom

Who really cares anyhow? Its a game between one crappy team and one slightly above average team in the sec least. Florida wouldn't win a game in the west and Georgia would maybe win 2 against the west division. 

ARdawg
ARdawg

@ThulsaDoom As per usual, you sir are FOS



Troll

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@ARdawg Georgia could win the west..They will beat Auburn at home


Then whoever comes out of the West better be ready....Most likely Miss St


Alabama almost lost to Arkansas...They aren't anything special.

Tom Jenkins
Tom Jenkins

Gurłey career is ovah! Who's turn is it to bring Mike bobo another box of crayons?

RJFowler
RJFowler

@Tom Jenkins You must be daft, if Gurley doesn't play another down of GA Football, he still goes first round in the draft.  Get your head checked.

OH-IO
OH-IO

Whose turn is to take lunch to Chip at Camp Gurley?

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@OH-IO This is similar to the waiting on the jury during the Casey Anthony trial.

OH-IO
OH-IO

@gtcaryd


Chip was also relegated to the Donnan Jury watch.

twelveofthirteen
twelveofthirteen

@OH-IO @gtcaryd you seem more on top of it than chip obsessed troll. Ohio state 15th lol what a joke conference and the committee knows it.

OH-IO
OH-IO

@twelveofthirteen


Three in the Top 25. 


The joke is on the dogs. 


4 better - a lot better -  in the West

tdawg83
tdawg83

@OH-IO The joke is on the dogs? It doesn't matter where the dogs are ranked right now because it sets up pretty good for them. Beat Auburn and go to SEC championship! Ohio st at #16. There's the joke! Lost to a team out the sagarin top 40. Who has Ohio st beat that earns them a top 20 record?

HendoDawg
HendoDawg

My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who know this kid that Gurley will not play this weekend. NCAA (Bueller)? NCAA (Bueller)? Sorry, big fan of the movie and this whole TG/NCAA/UGA handling is beginning to make me laugh as much...good grief!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

FREE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!!!!!

SinceVince
SinceVince

@gtcaryd Free Gurley? I say Free Boo BOO!   That South Carolina loss still lingahs!

OH-IO
OH-IO

Rod Smith booted from Buckeyes


THC! THC!

OH-IO
OH-IO

@gtcaryd


Probably. Too bad for the kid. A big RB, never lived up to his potential. He finally had a shot and Meyer was complimentary of his efforts. If he is a stoner, and appears to be, surprised he made it to his senior year. 


They usually flame out like THC as a Sophmore, 

SinceVince
SinceVince

I don't think CMR will evah put a whoopin on the Gatahs like Spurriah did back to back...52 - 14 and 52 - 17.  Impress the Press!

SinceVince
SinceVince

Like Spurriah did to our Dawgs.... is that Bettah?

DawgNole
DawgNole

@SinceVince

So Spurrier put a whoopin on the gators?

Knew you were mentally challenged, but you're reaching new lows now.

SinceVince
SinceVince

The committee will select TCU ahead of our Dawgs...82 - 27 and of course Bamah 59 - 0. Impress the Press!

UWGTrainer
UWGTrainer

Just because they been authenticated doesn't mean he was paid for all of them. He may have been signing for people and pictures were taken or however they authenticate these things. However, he has admitted guilt and I assume paid back money received. If he has done this, hopefully, he will be allowed to return to play.


PigIron
PigIron

@UWGTrainer

Pictures are not used for authentication. Handwriting experts examine the signatures to verify their authenticity. It is not unusual for a dealer to bundle numerous items for authentication. Serial authentication is not evidence of payment for signatures.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@OH-IO I'm part of an Ebowla League.........rolled a 207 and a fatty last night.

OH-IO
OH-IO

Wake up Chip


Bacon in the dining hall! 

OH-IO
OH-IO

Gurley ain't happening

Chop_Chop
Chop_Chop

Muschamp expects Gurley to play because he expects the worst. This is natural when one is going to lose one's job in a month.

Alphare
Alphare

"One independent dealer has said that he paid Gurley $400 to sign 80 items, but that doesn’t explain the hundreds of signed Gurley items that are on an authenticated autograph website, James Spence Authentication."


Jeff, is that a statement of fact, or an accusation of UGA lying in the filing?

OH-IO
OH-IO

"Muschipmunk"


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Why do you dogs feel compelled to come up with all these idiotic names for the opposition?


And they wonder why I'm here. 


dogs give and give and give

OH-IO
OH-IO

No, I do not