Time to play a game: You Are The Athletic Director
Here’s how we play….
You are in charge of getting your women’s basketball team home from a tropical island on Thanksgiving weekend, one of the busiest times of the year.
Your group is large; players, coaches, support staff, selected media members, families, friends and donors.
Do you take your chances on commerical air travel in an airport with few options in case trouble brews
Or do you spend $40,000 of BCS money on a charter, dependent only to you, your school and your needs?
Sunday afternoon at 1:30, the UConn women’s charter landed in Connecticut, early enough for AD Warde Manuel and some players to attend the men’s game at Gampel at 4.
Sunday night at 8, after hours of waiting in the tiny St. Thomas aiport listening to USAir runarounds about what was going on with their flight to Philadelphia, the Purdue team, and their party, pulled back into the Marriott parking lot, their flight canceled.
Both UConn and Purdue play at home on Wednesday. UConn got yesterday off. Purdue sat in a hot airport, slept in a hotel, then met in the lobby at 8 to try again. Not only that, there weren’t enough seats available to fly the team together back to West Lafayette, Ind. So they were contemplating getting a charter in Philly, at the cost of $40,000.
By the way, also stuck in town for another night was UConn radio voice Bob “The Voice” Joyce and his wife, Michelle. They were on Purdue’s flight, or should I say Purdue was on THEIR flight.
Bob and Michelle couldn’t get a connecting seat back to Hartford today, so they have to DRIVE back from Philly in rush hour.
So, you vote……Charter or commerical. You can borrow the money from ESPN, if you need it. They have a lot of it