The Georgia basketball team plays Temple tonight in Philadelphia, but the first road trip of the Tom Crean era got off to a bumpy start.
The Bulldogs’ charter plane ran off the runway at Anderson Regional Airport in South Carolina and got stuck in the mud, leaving the team on the tarmac for three hours until the crew determined they wouldn’t be able to take off. (Normally, the team flies out of Athens-Ben Epps Airport, but the runway there is being repaved.) From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
“The University of Georgia men’s basketball team’s travel to Philadelphia was delayed by weather,” the school explained via a statement read over the phone. “The team was scheduled to depart from the airport in Anderson, S.C. at 5 p.m. The team boarded the plane at approximately 6:15. While the plane was taxiing on the tarmac at a slow rate of the speed, it drove off the concrete and became stuck in mud. At 9 p.m. it was determined the plane would need inspections that would not allow it to be used Monday night.”
D’oh. After staying in Anderson last night, the team will attempt to fly to Philly again today. The Bulldogs are 1-0 after a 110-76 win over Savannah State on Friday.
UPDATE: Here’s the plane stuck in the mud, as shared by the Georgia Basketball Twitter account.
We sure hope it’s always sunny in Philadelphia- had to make it out of the mud to get here! Better late than never. We’re locked in and looking forward to competing at 7pm tonight pic.twitter.com/gDFAz7Lvtc
— Georgia Basketball (@UGABasketball) November 13, 2018