I realize I run the risk of getting virtually bitch-slapped for what I’m about to post. And I’m sorry about that. I have no doubt of the sincerity of the author of this post. As sincere as she may be, though, she’s way off base with her sentiment.
Todd Gurley hasn’t broken the law. He hasn’t broken a team rule. He’s still in good standing with his coaches and his teammates. He still practices with them.
What he stands accused of is exactly the same thing Mark Richt does every time he gets behind the wheel of that big Ford truck and faces the camera: getting paid for being himself. And if Todd Gurley left Georgia tomorrow, he’d be free to pick up where he left off.
That isn’t to excuse Gurley. The NCAA rule exists and he’s alleged to have violated it. There are consequences.
But there’s nothing noble about his suspension. Georgia isn’t taking some brave stand here. And, with all due respect to Mary Grace Alston Lyon, it’s wrong to romanticize the situation. All you’re doing is encouraging the greedy bastards who are well on their way to ruining our beloved sport to stay greedy.
College football may have a soul. But the people forcing Todd Gurley to sit out and be unable to contribute to his team have money market accounts and reserve funds. Don’t make the mistake of confusing the two. Gurley and college football deserve better than that.