Georgia legend Vince Dooley recovering from recent fall
Former Georgia coach Vince Dooley is on the mend after spending some time at a local hospital following a fall.
Dooley, 89, had hip surgery for a hairline fracture on Friday after slipping while working out last week, the Athens Banner-Herald reported. He watched much of Georgia’s win over Kentucky from St. Mary’s Hospital, but was released on Sunday.
“They put some screws in there and they put in a plate or something,” Dooley said. “It would be really bad if I put a crack in it again. It could heal itself in 6 or 7 months, but more than likely I could whack it again.”
Dooley attended Kirby Smart’s Monday press conference last week and was to make his regular appearance at the UGA Bookstore before Saturday’s home game, but slipped on a rug and hit his hip Wednesday while doing a backpedaling exercise for balance on the third floor of his Athens home, he said Monday morning. “Whenever you back pedal, you’ve got to make sure you do it on a smooth surface,” he said.
Dooley remains active around the program, and at the South Carolina game, he was on the field as the program honored the first 5 black players who integrated the program 50 years ago. He hopes to attend Danny Wuerffel’s charity golf tournament Oct. 28-29 at Sea Island Resort ahead of the Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville.