After a chaotic day that featured a canceled flight followed by hours of uncertainty, the Michigan basketball team finally has a flight to Washington D.C. for the Big Ten Tournament.
Around 10:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, Michigan tweeted out its travel itinerary for Thursday morning, which includes a 6 a.m. bus to the Detroit Metro Airport, a 7:30 flight and a 8:45 arrival in the nation’s capital. The Wolverines will then head straight to the Verizon Center, where they will face Illinois at noon.
Here is a travel update for #GoBlue
We can't wait to get to D.C. on Thursday and compete for Michigan! 〽 pic.twitter.com/HqZYiEoM7b
— Michigan Basketball (@umichbball) March 9, 2017
Michigan was originally scheduled to fly to D.C. on Wednesday afternoon, but the team’s plane skidded off the runway after an aborted takeoff. Coach John Beilein told Land of 10 no one was hurt, though there were, “a few bumps and bruises, some scratches, maybe a few stitches are needed.” As of 8:30 p.m. ET, Michigan had not finalized new travel plans.
Michigan athletic director Wade Manuel issued this statement Wednesday night:
“President Schlissel and I are glad to know that the students, coaches and staff are all safe and that nobody was seriously injured. The safety and health of our students and staff is of the utmost importance.
“We have worked quickly to arrange alternative travel arrangements for the Michigan travel party. We have been in constant contact with the Big Ten Conference and appreciate their support and willingness to work with us as we sorted through all of the issues. As of right now, we will be able to arrive tomorrow morning in D.C. and play the game at noon as scheduled.
“We appreciate all the support and well wishes from our Michigan family as well as those who have reached out with their thoughts and support. Go Blue!”