Georgia coach Mark Richt told reporters after Wednesday's practice that the No. 10 Bulldogs will know whether star running back Todd Gurley will be reinstated to play before boarding a plane to Arkansas on Friday morning.
"We'll definitely know in plenty of time before we get on the plane," Richt told reporters. "If we know he's able to play, he'll travel. If he's not able, he won't. He has been practicing and getting some reps."
However, UGA spokesman Claude Felton later told reporters that the school didn't know when or if Gurley would be able to play, but said he would travel with the team if he's eligible.
Richt also clarified his comments Thursday morning, noting on Twitter that he didn't anticipate Gurley's status changing this week.
I will try to clear up Todd's status. "We will let you know if his status changes. Not anticipating it to change this week."— Mark Richt (@MarkRicht) October 16, 2014
Gurley, a leading Heisman Trophy candidate, was suspended indefinitely by Georgia last week while the school investigates whether or not he accepted money to autograph sports memorabilia.
Gurley, who ran for 773 yards with eight touchdowns in Georgia's first five games, did not play in last week's 34-0 victory at No. 23 Missouri. He returned to practice Monday in a limited role while the school continued its investigation.
Georgia officials appeared in front of the NCAA's committee on infractions Thursday morning for an unrelated case involving swimming and diving coach Jack Bauerle. The school released a statement Thursday afternoon that said UGA officials also met with the NCAA's eligibility staff regarding Gurley's status, but that there was "no new news at this time."
Per NCAA rules, Gurley would face a potential one-game suspension (10 percent of the team's competition) if he accepted improper benefits ranging from $100 to $400. The penalty would increase to two games (20 percent) for amounts from $400 to $700, and to four games (30 percent) for amounts greater than $700.
The Bulldogs play Arkansas in Little Rock on Saturday.