Utah Football Team Stuck In Gainesville Since Last Night, Finally Headed Home

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After being part of Saturday’s best college football game, Utah was looking to get out of Gainesville, hours after losing to Florida. Unfortunately for the Utes, due to mechanical issues with their plane, they spent an extra day waiting to get home.

Just after midnight Sunday, the team was on its plane and ready to head to Salt Lake City, but issues with the plane would force the players off the aircraft and into the airport terminal. Sitting on the tarmac for four hours would usually be enough to drive a man crazy, but the team ended up hanging around the Gainesville airport while school officials looked for a solution.

Players were sleeping or getting in classwork as they waited for the next move. According to sources, the Florida administration worked with Utah to find a way to get the coaches and players home.

After lounging around the airport, Utah finally decided the team needed to get some rest at a local hotel while it tried to get another plane to Gainesville. The team ended up back at the airport Sunday evening, as a plane from Fort Worth arrived to take the players home.

Flight Tracking Data regarding the Utah Football team. via: FlightAware

After spending an additional 17 hours in Gainesville, coming off a grueling loss, the Utes were finally heading home.

Thankfully for the Utes, they are in the air and should land sometime late Sunday night, putting an end to a wild trip to Gainesville.


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Written by Trey Wallace

Trey Wallace is the host of The Trey Wallace Podcast that focuses on a mixture of sports, culture, entertainment along with his perspective on everything from College Football to the College World Series.

Wallace has been covering college sports for 15 years, starting off while attending the University of South Alabama. He’s broken some of the biggest college stories including the Florida football “Credit Card Scandal” along with the firing of Jim McElwin and Kevin Sumlin. Wallace also broke one of the biggest stories in college football in 2020 around the NCAA investigation into recruiting violations against Tennessee football head coach Jeremy Pruitt.

Wallace also appears on radio across seven different states breaking down that latest news in college sports.

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