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08:20 AM ET 11.07 | Not only are the Bulldogs banged up, but Mark Richt has been playing hurt, too. Richt, a few days away from coaching his potential second straight SEC East-clinching game at Auburn, likely will have hip-replacement surgery after the season. He is often in excruciating pain, particularly after standing and pacing on the sideline for three-plus hours on game day. The injury is something Richt has managed to keep quiet for the past year. Even athletic director Greg McGarity wasn't aware of his coach's condition until last week, and McGarity only became aware of it because he was trying to schedule postseason meetings with Richt and he needed to check on his availability.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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November 7, 2012  08:32 AM ET

Heard he was showing off for his wife on a swing set. Can any DAWG fans confirm this?

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November 7, 2012  09:09 AM ET

Heard he was "playing" with Kiffen's wife and threw his hip out on the back-swing. Can any UTK fans confirm it?

November 7, 2012  09:11 AM ET
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Heard he was "playing" with Kiffen's wife and threw his hip out on the back-swing. Can any UTK fans confirm it?

I would throw my hip out playing with Kiffins wife.

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November 7, 2012  09:35 AM ET
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I do not compute, why throw anything out for some female, what for????I know, go lay back down.

Good morning O-6...now go back to bed. : )

November 7, 2012  09:45 AM ET

I thought the excruiating pain was from watching last week's game!

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November 7, 2012  09:54 AM ET
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I thought the excruiating pain was from watching last week's game!

ninja'd by TZ. That was my line dude.

November 7, 2012  11:10 AM ET
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Heard he was showing off for his wife on a swing set. Can any DAWG fans confirm this?

True story. It was when he was in his early 20's. Lol

Apparently the wife loves telling that story over and over.

November 7, 2012  11:12 AM ET
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I thought the excruiating pain was from watching last week's game!

The one where they bet OleMiss? Or UF? I rather enjoyed both myself.

November 7, 2012  11:13 AM ET
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True story. It was when he was in his early 20's. LolApparently the wife loves telling that story over and over.

Wow...so it's an old injury?

November 7, 2012  11:15 AM ET
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Wow...so it's an old injury?

Yeah

Said it hurt like heck when it happened and then the pain went away. About a year ago it came back with a vengeance and doc said he needs replacement surg.

November 7, 2012  11:18 AM ET

He swung the swing so high the S shaped hook came off one side and he landed on his hip

November 7, 2012  11:19 AM ET

It was a Richt family picnic in Indiana. Richt said he was in his mid-20s. His wife, Katharyn, recalls it being in the early 1990s, which would put Richt in his early 30s.

We???ll side with Katharyn. She has no football or swing set injuries, therefore is less likely to have a concussion.

Richt was ???trying to show off??? for his wife.

???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.???

The pain grew. Richt couldn???t sleep at night. He finally went to a doctor and was presented with a surgical option: ???They said to just go as long as you can stand it, and when you want you can get a new one.???

The story is still a source of humor in the Richt house. Katharyn Richt laughs every time she tells it.

???That was typical of him,??? she said. ???Mark always has to win at something. Even swinging became a championship pursuit.???

November 7, 2012  01:20 PM ET
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kama sutra only works if you are flexible bro! should have stretched first

Making it karma sutra at that point.

 
November 7, 2012  01:34 PM ET
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The one where they bet OleMiss? Or UF? I rather enjoyed both myself.

Hush up, you.

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