According to the Associated Press, the state of Georgia has a new bill that was passed today making it a crime punishable by up to a year in prison to entice a student athlete to break NCAA rules for money. That bill is called the “Todd Gurley Bill” according to the report.
Deal’s office said Thursday that he had signed House Bill 3, numbered to reflect the jersey number of the famous former University of Georgia running back who was kicked off the Bulldogs’ football team for four games last fall for accepting money for autographs.
Gurley was a leading contender for the Heisman Trophy last year when he was suspended for accepting money from a memorabilia dealer for autographs: $400 on jerseys and other items. Then he suffered a year-ending knee injury his first game back and announced in December he’d end his collegiate career to put his name in the hat for the NFL draft.