Georgia football coach Mark Richt underwent hip replacement surgery on Saturday at St. Mary’s Hospital that was expected some time this offseason.
Richt indicated in November that he would need the surgery to alleviate pain from a swing-set injury that occurred 25 years ago when he swung too high showing off for his wife and landed on the hip on the ground.
He had said the earliest possible time would be after football’s signing day, but he actually did it just days before.
Georgia still has a signing day press conference on Wednesday “still on the schedule but obviously we’ll see how he’s doing by then,” spokesman Claude Felton said via email. Felton said Richt is doing fine, but was still in the hospital Sunday night.
Richt, who turns 53 on Feb. 18, said during the season he felt like he pulled a hip flexor muscle during a workout and had trouble sleeping at night. The pain later spread to his knee and ankle.
“I don’t want it to affect other joints in my body, so I’m thinking it’s about time to do it,” Richt had said.
Richt’s surgery came four weeks before Georgia is slated to start spring practices on March 2.
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