Kirby Smart addresses potential for opt-outs in Georgia's Orange Bowl appearance
Kirby Smart and the Georgia Bulldogs will not be defending their consecutive national championships after losing to Alabama, 27-24, in the SEC Championship. They had won 29 consecutive games before losing to the Crimson Tide, but the College Football Playoff selection committee moved Georgia down from No. 1 to No. 6 in its final rankings.
Georgia will instead head to the Orange Bowl, where it will face a Florida State team that feels like it should be playing in the Playoff. With the team not being in the CFP, people are wondering if all of the players will play.
Many players across the country will be opting out, and Kirby Smart addressed the media on potential opt-outs.
“It’s probably going to happen throughout the week,” Smart told reporters during the bowl game teleconference call on Sunday.
“They need some time to decompress. I’m not expecting anyone to not play, to be honest with you. When the conversation comes, we’ll have those conversations with ’em. We’ll talk to ’em.”
Smart also said that with players considering the portal, that there have been many conversations of that already going on.
“I know we’ll have some enter the portal,” Smart said. “Those conversations have been happening for several weeks now leading up to this time. So we’ll have guys into the portal, opt to not play in the game.”