If the sports information department at Georgia wanted to, they could add a very unique entry onto this week’s injury report.
The university announced in a press release Tuesday night that Loran Smith (pictured, right), described as “the University of Georgia Athletic Association’s most versatile and longtime staff member,” had been hospitalized Monday evening with a broken hip and fractured elbow. The 80-year-old Smith suffered the injuries as he watched football practice Monday from the sidelines.
“After running out of bounds on a special teams play, two Bulldog players collided with Smith,” the release stated.
Smith underwent surgery on Tuesday to repair his broken hip. Per the school, “[h]e is expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday or Thursday and a full recovery is expected.”
DawgNation.com lays out the beloved Smith’s UGA pedigree:
Smith is former executive director of the Georgia Bulldog Clubs of American, the author of multiple books on Georgia athletics, writes two syndicated columns, assists UGA in development and as a fundraiser and still works on the Georgia Radio Network’s game-day broadcast. Smith is most famous for his longtime role as sideline reporter for broadcasts, sending information up to legendary play-by-play voice Larry Munson, who would summon him by asking, “Whattayagot, Loran?