The Utes charter flight was scheduled to take off at midnight, but encountered a mechanical problem.
On Saturday night, the University of Utah football team wanted to get out of the state and its suffocating humidity after an early-season loss to Florida. But the swamp won’t let it go.
Utes’ charter flight is scheduled to take off from Gainesville Regional Airport around midnight after the game, Delay due to mechanical problems, According to a post on Twitter by Utes communications director Paul Kirk earlier Sunday.
The flight was rescheduled for 4:10 a.m. ET, but also did not leave at that time.according to a Tweets by ESPN commentator Dan Orlowskithe team sat in the plane on the tarmac during the four-hour delay before unloading.
A photo posted at 5:25amshows The players lie on the floor of the airport They sat on benches waiting to fly.
Kirk wrote that the team is “working on alternative plans to return the team to SLC as soon as possible.” In the meantime, the University of Florida has offered to help, providing accommodation for groups and tour groups, he said. Utes sports director Mark Harlan later responded to the article on Twitter, saying the Gators provided hotel partners, buses and meals. He said he hoped Utah would be able to charter a flight home by the end of the day.
According to KSL Sports reporter Josh Furlong, some coaching staff members were able to book flights out of Jacksonville. He tweeted that he saw the coach on his flight leaving the airport on Sunday morning.
“Looks like they’re trying to get them home, but they can,” he wrote.
The Utes, who were No. 7 in the country at the start of the season, lost 29-26 to the unranked Gators after going deep into Florida territory in the final seconds, with quarterback Cam Rising intercepting in the end zone.