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Georgia hires attorney for suspended RB Todd Gurley, working to settle matter 'expeditiously'

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2013, file photo, Georgia running back Todd Gurley (3) dives into the end zone for a touchdown as Kentucky cornerback Jaleel Hytchye, left, defends in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Athens, Ga. Gurley was emerging as the clear favorite in the Heisman Trophy race, a running back who already produced plenty of signature moments with his myriad talents. Now, it's not known when _ or if _ Gurley will take another handoff for Georgia. The star of the 13th-ranked Bulldogs was suspended indefinitely on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014,  while the school investigates an alleged violation of NCAA rules. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2013, file photo, Georgia running back Todd Gurley (3) dives into the end zone for a touchdown as Kentucky cornerback Jaleel Hytchye, left, defends in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Athens, Ga. Gurley was emerging as the clear favorite in the Heisman Trophy race, a running back who already produced plenty of signature moments with his myriad talents. Now, it's not known when _ or if _ Gurley will take another handoff for Georgia. The star of the 13th-ranked Bulldogs was suspended indefinitely on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014, while the school investigates an alleged violation of NCAA rules. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)  (The Associated Press)

Georgia has hired an attorney for star running back Todd Gurley, who is suspended indefinitely while the school investigates an alleged violation of NCAA rules.

Athletic director Greg McGarity issued a statement late Friday afternoon saying the school is working "to resolve the eligibility matter as expeditiously as possible and in a manner that is in the best interests of the university, its coaches, and its student-athletes." He did not address any specifics of the case.

McGarity says the university will not tolerate any NCAA rules violations, but will also do whatever it can to support its student-athletes. He says Gurley accepted an offer from the school to provide him with an attorney who has vast experience in eligibility matters, as allowed by NCAA rules. The attorney was not identified.