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Mark Richt loses control of his hip, needs offseason replacement surgery

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Georgia’s had bad luck with injuries recently, losing receiver Marlon Brown and defensive lineman Abry Jones for the season. Injuries aren’t limited to Bulldog players, however.

Coach Mark Richt told reporters this week that he will need to offseason hip replacement surgery for an injury he received nearly 20 years ago while trying to impress his wife at a family picnic. On a swing set. From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

“I was trying to show her what a good swinger I was,” he said. (For most people, that comment would have a completely different context.)

“I was swinging really high on a big heavy swing set with those big heavy chains. Sometimes if you go super high, on the way back you get a little bit of that lag. 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. 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.

“It was traumatic. I mean, when I hit I was like, ‘I think I broke it.’ I couldn’t hardly breathe. Sometimes with an injury like that you get a full-body sweat and a little nauseous. But the pain kind of went away and I went about my business, until about a year and a half ago.”

When asked if the pain just suddenly came back, Richt paused before answering. (More humiliation coming.)

“P90x,” he finally said, referencing the DVD set of workouts. “I thought I just had a hip-flexor injury. But I said if I quit now I’m just going to get fat. So I just kept doing it.”

Last month, Tennessee coach Derek Dooley had to undergo surgery to repair a fractured hip. Clearly, there’s a growing epidemic of hip injuries among SEC coaches.

I’m just sayin’, Steve Spurrier.

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9 Responses to “Mark Richt loses control of his hip, needs offseason replacement surgery”
  1. alligatorsnapper says: Nov 6, 2012 11:17 PM

    The silly things we men do sometimes to impress the women in our lives. I know. Best to Richt on his surgery during the off-season.

  2. houndofthebaskervols says: Nov 6, 2012 11:23 PM

    Thats bizarre, Dooley had surgery on his hip 3 weeks ago. The only difference I guess is one of these coaches will be employed next year, and the other one wont.

  3. kozbee says: Nov 6, 2012 11:31 PM

    Hope surgery goes well,get better Mark.

  4. brewcrewfan54 says: Nov 7, 2012 1:38 AM

    Don’t worry hound, the next Vols coach wont do much better than Dooley. No need to get your expectations in a bunch.

  5. jimbo75025 says: Nov 7, 2012 2:58 AM

    houndofthebaskervols says:Nov 6, 2012 11:23 PM

    Thats bizarre, Dooley had surgery on his hip 3 weeks ago. The only difference I guess is one of these coaches will be employed next year, and the other one wont.

    brewcrewfan54 says:Nov 7, 2012 1:38 AM

    Don’t worry hound, the next Vols coach wont do much better than Dooley. No need to get your expectations in a bunch.
    ——
    Hey now, I am sure Dooley will have a job next season-just not with UT. I am sure his BFF Saban will hire him as assistant to the hydration manager (waterboy) or something like that !

    Not like the next guy could do much worse ! Sorry, but with the facilities and history of UT-they will be back. I just hope it is not a prolonged 15 year recovery like Oklahoma went through post-Switzer until Stoops.

  6. vols84 says: Nov 7, 2012 5:20 AM

    Dooley didn’t wait until the offseason. He knew there would be no year four so took advantage of his health insurance plan right now and got it fixed.

  7. dcroz says: Nov 7, 2012 7:43 AM

    Ben: “I was trying to show her what a good swinger I was,” he said. (For most people, that comment would have a completely different context.)

    Hey, it could have been worse. He could have said that his injury makes him a hipster…you know, one of those people who hate popular things and like bizarre stuff just to say they’re different. In Richt’s case, he could like not living up to expectations, not getting the most out of his talent, and not winning national championships like all those other SEC schools.

  8. Ben Kercheval says: Nov 7, 2012 9:10 AM

    Oh, I am fully aware what a hipster is, dcroz. I live in a college town, so I’m surrounded by ‘em. But I see what you did there :)

  9. microbrewuga says: Nov 8, 2012 7:44 AM

    Anyone that is familiar with the English Bulldog breed, knows they are genetically inclined to hip problems once they get to a certain age, so this news is not surprising.

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