Georgia coach Mark Richt was watching the Super Bowl like everybody else on Sunday. But he was viewing the game from a bed at St. Mary’s Hospital.
Richt, 53, underwent hip-replacement surgery at the hospital on Saturday. Richt shared this past season that he has struggled with hip pain for quite some time from a swing accident 30 years ago. He said then he planned to have the surgery done sometime after national signing day and before spring practice. National signing day is Wednesday and Georgia’s spring practice begins March 2. Why he decided to undergo the operation Saturday is unclear.
“He’ll have to tell you why and he’s still in the hospital,” said Claude Felton, UGA’s director of sports communication.
Felton said the Bulldogs’ plans for national signing day, which include a news conference with Richt have not changed.
“We’ll just have to see how he’s doing,” Felton said.
The NCAA recruiting period switched from a quiet period on Saturday, which means personal contact with coaches via on-campus visits only, to a dead period on Sunday, which means no in-person contact whatsoever.