Wednesday, Florida coach Will Muschamp announced that DB Cody Riggs would be graduating early and transferring. Thursday, Riggs said his decision wasn't motivated by football reasons, but rather career-related ones.
He wants to attend graduate school somewhere else for business or get his MBA. He's finishing his degree in Family Youth and Community Sciences.
“I want to impact my community with that degree,” he told SI.com. “When a student that isn’t an athlete goes somewhere else for graduate school, they’re applauded. Same for coaches when they leave a school and it’s better for their family and future. When an athlete does it, though, it’s viewed as a problem.”
When Muschamp announced his transfer, speculation began that it was motivated by playing time. Originally a cornerback, Riggs started at safety in 2013 and was penciled in to start again in 2014. But now he's the Gators' eighth transfer of the offseason, though he's the first starter to change schools.
With his departure, Florida will be starting two new safeties for the second straight year, though the Gators signed four defensive backs in the Class of 2014 on Wednesday.
He also called Muschamp the best coach he's ever had.
“Muschamp is the best coach I’ve ever had,” Riggs said. “His defense is always going to be good, regardless of who is back there. They have a lot of talent back there, it gives me a little peace knowing that they’re going to be OK.”
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