ATHENS, Ga. (WRCB) -- Mark Richt is taking advantage of a few days of down time ahead of National Signing Day this Wednesday.
The veteran University of Georgia head coach has successful hip replacement surgery Saturday at St. Mary's Hospital in Athens. Richt said in November the injury dates back to a swing-set accident from 25 years ago when he swung too high and fell off while trying to impress his wife.
Richt originally planned to have the procedure after signing day, but moved it up for unknown reasons. A recruiting dead period, in which coaches and schools can have no contact with prospective athletes, began Sunday and runs through signing day.
Richt was released from the hospital Monday afternoon, and UGA officials said he still plans to meet with the media to discuss the Bulldogs' signing class Wednesday afternoon.
Georgia is slated to open spring practice on March 2.