LSU flight to Peach Bowl delayed over five hours

Updated: December 26, 2005, 11:27 AM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- It took LSU 5½ hours to get out of the airport and on the way to the Peach Bowl in Atlanta.

The team's chartered plane got stuck in the mud while turning onto the runway at Baton Rouge Metro Airport and another had to fly in from Atlanta, sports information director Michael Bonnette said.

"It's Christmas with the Tigers," Bonnette said. "Last year we had coach Saban and this year we got stuck in the mud."

On Christmas 2004, Nick Saban decided he was leaving LSU for the Miami Dolphins.

Despite the 5½-hour delay in leaving for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Bonnette said the party of 201 players, coaches, support staff and family members remained in good spirits.

"We had dinner at the airport and this is nothing more than an inconvenience," he said.

Bonnette said the 767 went off the runaway while taxiing and two wheels stuck in the wet infield.

The Tigers, originally scheduled to leave Baton Rouge at 2:30 p.m., finally left at 8 p.m. and arrived in Atlanta at 10:50 p.m. ET.

No. 10 LSU plays No. 9 Miami on Dec. 30.


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