CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Coach Tom Herrion's travel issues were so myriad Sunday, he could have starred in a John Hughes film.
There were not trains involved, but Herrion and his Marshall men's basketball team used planes and automobiles because their Tulsa flight experienced mechanical issues and had to make an emergency landing in Memphis.
The Herd was traveling back to Huntington following Saturday night's 79-70 loss to Tulsa.
The team departed its hotel at 4:15 a.m. Sunday morning and took a 6:30 a.m. flight from Tulsa International Airport. The flight itinerary called for the team to make a connecting flight in Atlanta en route to Huntington, but the plane instead diverted to Memphis to make the emergency landing.
All passengers were safe upon landing.
Marshall's travel issues were compounded when alternative flights could not be found to accommodate the Herd's massive traveling party, which includes the coaching staff, players, trainers, managers and radio crew. A bus could not be secured, so the team rented six Town & Country vans and drove approximately 550 miles to the MU campus.
Marshall made the same Memphis-to-Huntington drive the previous Sunday morning after losing on the road to the Memphis Tigers.
Steven Schoon, the sports information director for the men's basketball program, said the airplane carrying the team began experiencing problems immediately upon takeoff and made a sharp swerve to the left.
Schoon also said the six vans were driven by MU staff members, including Herrion, who drove the lead van back to Huntington.
Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick and Travis Epling, MU's assistant director for athletic development, were also on the airplane but found another flight back to Huntington.
Hamrick was fundraising in Tulsa.
Marshall (14-9, 5-4 Conference USA) has lost five of six games.
The Herd will practice today in Huntington before leaving for Orlando, Fla., to face the UCF Knights (17-6, 6-3) on Wednesday night.