Travel Problems Delay Return

West Virginia's football team certainly didn't plan to celebrate their win over Rutgers on the tarmac at Newark Airport.

That's exactly what they did, however, as the team was forced to stay in New Jersey for an extra day and a half following their 40-0 blowout of the Scarlet Knights.

The team got on the plane about 9:00 p.m. Saturday night. And sat. And sat. They sat for a total of six hours as the charter service, Planet Airways, battled problems ranging from fueling to crew unavailablity.

After a marathon session, the team was allowed to deplane around 3:00 a.m. They were then bussed back to the Piscataway and stayed at Holdiay Inn. Rutgers University helped with busses and other arrangements.

The team finally got on a plane at 1:45 p.m. Sunday for the flight back to Clarksburg.

Planet Airwasys is the same charter company WVU has been using for the past couple of seasons. The company also had problems with WVU's return flight from Wisconsin earlier this season.

The flight problems will shuffle West Virginia's practice plans for this week. The normal Monday practice session may be cancelled to allow the players to rest.


There were no major injuires coming out of the game, according to WVU Sports Information Director Shelly Poe. "That's based on Dave Kerns' examination in the Newark Airport," Poe joked after an extremely long night.

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Poe and several other WVU staffers rented cars in New Jersey and made the drive back to Morgantown Sunday morning.

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