Georgia Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt underwent hip surgery over the weekend, which meant he had to watch the Super Bowl from a hospital bed. Richt had been planning to have the surgery after national signing day (Feb. 6) and before the start of spring practice, but instead opted to have the operation done early.
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Richt endured pain in his hip for quite some time -- it began with an accident on a swing set about 20 years ago. Richt described the incident to reporters in November, saying that he was trying to impress his wife, Katharyn.
"You've got those big S-hooks on top, and you're swinging, and I swung enough to where the one on the left came out," Richt said. "So it comes out, but I didn't know. I'm still on the swing. So when I come back down, the chain on [on the right] stayed taut and the other one just goes. I turned sideways and the first thing that hits the ground is my left hip. Just smashed it."
Standing and walking around the sideline on game days ultimately became too painful for Richt, which is why he planned to undergo the procedure. He isn't the only SEC coach to endure a hip injury lately -- former Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley had surgery on his hip during the 2012 season.