Georgia football coach Mark Richt may undergo hip-replacement surgery to alleviate worsening pain, but he said Wednesday he would delay having it until after securing what’s expected to be a large recruiting class this February.
“If I do it, there’s different windows of time,” Richt said. “The earliest possible time would be after signing date. I think there would be a window of time that I could recover enough to be able to do the things I would need to do. There would be a couple of things I would have to move around that are already on my schedule, but things that could be moved.”
Richt may wait until after spring practices wrap up on April 6, but then there would be his spring speaking tour. He could wait until that finishes, but then come summer football camps.
“What I really don’t want to do is go too deep into the summer where I’m not really into the kind of condition I want to be to start the year,” Richt said.
Richt said he first hurt the hip about 25 years ago on of all things a swing set during a family gathering in Indiana.
After Richt’s post-practice news conference Wednesday, Richt diagrammed to reporters on a whiteboard how it happened when he swung too high showing off for his wife, Katharyn, on the swing set and landed on his hip on the ground.
More recently, he felt like he pulled a hip flexor muscle doing the P90X workout and the pain didn’t go away. He kept exercising and the pain increased to where he had trouble sleeping at night.
When he played racquetball this past summer, his back and hip hurt so much, he had to stop. The pain later spread to his knee and ankle.
Doctors told Richt he probably needs to have the replacement surgery.
“I don’t want it to affect other joints in my body, so I’m thinking it’s about time to do it,” Richt said.