CAA reprimands Towson basketball team for failure to plan for snow

Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, January 27, 2011; 8:54 PM

The Colonial Athletic Association has reprimanded Towson University for failing to adjust its travel plans ahead of its men's basketball game Wednesday at George Mason.

The Tigers were stuck in traffic for hours and unable to arrive at a reasonable time, forcing postponement of the contest until Thursday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Patriot Center.

"While everyone understands travel complications with winter storms, there is no evidence that any consideration was made by Towson to adjust their normal travel plans to account for the anticipated problems," Commissioner Tom Yeager said in a written statement.

Despite ominous weather forecasts and Washington's notorious reputation for traffic snarls caused by snow, the Tigers did not depart campus until 3 p.m., four hours ahead of tip-off, for the 70-mile trip.

With traffic crawling on the Beltway and the team still miles away, George Mason officials moved the starting time to 9 p.m. However,when it became clear that Towson would need several more hours to arrive at the arena, the game was called off.

The team scrambled to make hotel reservations and, after nearly 11 hours in transit, ended up in Manassas, about 10 miles away. On Thursday, the bus pulled onto George Mason's campus on time, 90 minutes before tip-off.

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