Georgia’s plane slides off runway, delays trip to Temple

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It’s the season of travel nightmares, and just four days after Washington was forced to evacuate their bus after a flat tire turned into a car fire, Tom Crean’s first road trip as the head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs ended up stuck in the mud.

Due to issues with runways at the airport in Athens, Georgia, the Bulldogs team flight to Philadelphia for a game against Temple was scheduled to depart from the airport in Anderson, S.C.

“The Bulldogs were scheduled to depart from the airport in Anderson, S.C., at 5:00 p.m.,” the school said in a statement. “The team boarded the plane at approximately 6:15. While the plane was taxiing on the tarmac at a slow rate of speed, it drove off the concrete and became stuck in mud. At 9:00 p.m., it was determined the plane would need inspections which would not allow it to be used on Monday. The team will spend the night in South Carolina and fly to Philadelphia on Tuesday morning.”

Crean is hoping this travel delay does not end up being a metaphor for his success with Georgia.

The Bulldogs are still scheduled to play Temple Tuesday night.