Texas women's plane gets stuck; none hurt

The Baltimore Sun

The jet carrying the Texas women's team got stuck in the mud when the plane rolled off the taxiway in Lincoln, Neb.

No injuries or damage were reported. The No. 15-ranked team was on a charter flight from Austin on Tuesday night and played Nebraska in Lincoln last night.

Team spokeswoman Barb Kowal was aboard and told the Lincoln Journal Star nobody panicked when the jet rolled off the pavement.

"Most people were sleeping," Kowal said.

There were 31 passengers and seven crew members on the Boeing 737, according to operator Ameristar Jet Charter of Dallas.

The jet landed without problems and was traveling at low speed, Lincoln Airport executive director John Wood said.

After it turned off the runway and headed for the terminal, the pilot reported he lost hydraulic power and couldn't steer. Wood said the plane ran 50 feet off the edge of the pavement about 100 yards from the terminal gate before stopping in the mud.

"We haven't finished all the inspections required," said Stacy Muth, Ameristar Jet Charter vice president of operations. "We know the hydraulic line failed."

Notre Dame -- The men's team will travel to Ireland in August to face teams from Ireland and Poland in the inaugural Emerald Hoops Program. The program, initially a five-year venture, has been established to help build relationships between the basketball communities in America and Ireland. Notre Dame will be in Ireland from Aug. 13 to 25. Besides playing games, the coaching staff and team are expected to participate in a series of coaching clinics throughout the country. It won't be the first time a team from Notre Dame has traveled to Ireland. In 1996, an announced 38,651 in Dublin watched the Notre Dame football team beat Navy, 54-27. The football team is scheduled to play Navy again in Dublin in 2012.

Southern Mississippi -- Coach Larry Eustachy is taking an indefinite leave of absence to be with his ailing mother. It is unclear how long he will be out, a school spokesman said. He could be back by Saturday's game with Tulane or miss more significant time.

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