Florida announced starting safety Cody Riggs will transfer, while Georgia announced Mark Beard would transfer last night, only to announce he would return this morning.

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Cody Riggs started at safety for Florida, and he told SI.com that his decision to transfer has everything to do with academics, not football. Riggs started 26 different games for the Gators at safety. Riggs said he plans to attend graduate business school and get an MBA or another business degree.

“This was the hardest decision I ever had to make,” Riggs told SI. “I love my teammates and the fans here. I really feel awful about leaving my teammates, especially a young secondary. This was something that I needed to do.”

You can’t fault Riggs’ decision in leaving for academic reasons, and it’s refreshing to hear this type of story.

Georgia released a statement last night that offensive tackle Mark Beard would transfer to another school after he graduated this spring; however, the school announced this morning he would stay with the team after all.

Since Beard will graduate this spring, he would have been eligible to play immediately wherever he wanted. Beard played in 26 games, making two starts, over the last two seasons.

However, it’s good news for Georgia that he’s returning. The offensive line is losing three starters, and Beard is expected to compete for the starting left tackle job.

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