Senior day no guarantee of departure for top-ranked Bulldogs

Georgia photo by Tony Walsh / Georgia fifth-year senior guard Justin Shaffer planned to go through Senior Day festivities last year but eventually decided to return this season.

Leave it to this week's game against Charleston Southern to provide the biggest dilemma so far to Georgia's undefeated football season.

Well, technically it's the senior day festivities before the noon kickoff between the No. 1 Bulldogs and the Buccaneers of the Big South Conference that could lead to confusion. With the NCAA having allowed an extra year of eligibility for student-athletes due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, Georgia coach Kirby Smart knows that Saturday's late-morning ceremony doesn't have to serve as a final decision.

It was the same way a season ago until Georgia's home finale against Vanderbilt was canceled due to coronavirus-related issues among Commodores players.

"We basically said last year that if you're a fourth-year player or beyond, you had the opportunity to go through, but it doesn't mean that you've declared," Smart said Monday during a news conference.