Georgia doing its best to downplay Gurley’s return

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia’s Mark Richt is doing his best to downplay the return of Todd Gurley.

Good luck with that.

Richt cut back on the number of players allowed to address the media, limiting it to four seniors who spoke Tuesday after the coach’s weekly news conference.

Of course, the end of Gurley’s four-game suspension is the big storyline as the 16th-ranked Bulldogs (7-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) host ninth-ranked Auburn (7-2, 4-2) on Saturday.

A month ago, the running back was a leading contender for the Heisman Trophy when the school got word he had accepted money for autographs. Gurley acknowledged taking more than $3,000, and the NCAA ordered him to sit out the next four games.

Richt says he doesn’t want Gurley’s return to be a distraction to the Bulldogs.