Call it BYU's "not so excellent adventure."
It appears things can only get better for coach LaVell Edwards' BYU Cougars as the countdown to Christmas Day's Aloha Bowl continues.A flight delay of almost 16 hours did not get the 8-4, 25th-ranked college football team off to a very rousing start. BYU's opponent, the Big Eight's third-place team, 7-4 Kansas, apparently arrived without serious delays.
For BYU, the delay knocked out the first day of practice, which was to have been Saturday afternoon at Aloha Stadium.
The Cougs were to have left the Salt Lake airport at 9 a.m. Saturday. Spokesman Val Hale said the team got word late Friday that the charter flight would be delayed until 6 p.m. Saturday night. As he understands it, the charter was coming from Anchorage, Alaska, and bad weather delayed its arrival.
Later Saturday the Cougars got another call, saying the plane delay was worse than expected and to not leave Provo until 8:30 p.m. The word apparently didn't reach all the players as many showed up much earlier than that to board the bus.
The bus arrived in Salt Lake around 9:30 p.m., at which point it became apparent the plane had been delayed again. The team waited on the tarmac until after midnight with the plane finally departing at 12:30 a.m.
It arrived in Honolulu at 4:30 a.m. Sunday (7:30 a.m. Salt Lake time due to the three-hour time difference).
Many of the players went to bed, but Edwards and Hale had to be at a 7:30 a.m. press conference. "We got about a half hour (rest)," Hale reported.
The topic of the press conference, Hale said, was the trip.
Another press conference was scheduled for this morning after which the Cougars have two practices scheduled - one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
They may schedule some nap time, too.