The St. Louis Bilikens basketball season has not gone according to plan.
First year coach Travis Ford, who was previously at Oklahoma St for the 5 years prior, has led St. Louis to an 8-16 record. They were on a 2 game winning streak before Wednesday night’s game at St. Bonaventure. The Bonnies lost the other night to VCU after hitting a shot to take the lead with 0.4 seconds left on the clock, but were called for a technical foul when their fans and team rushed the court with time still on the clock. VCU hit the free throw and then won in overtime.
St. Bonaventure grabbed the win at home in upstate New York last night, 70-55, over St. Louis.
Normally we wouldn’t really even care about this game between two teams that likely will not make the NCAA Tournament in March, but it’s what happened after the game that grabbed headlines. St. Louis left the arena after the loss, expecting to hop on their bus and go to the airport to fly back home.
But the bus was not there.
The players thought maybe they had gone to the wrong place, and the team staff started to look around the arena to see if they were given the wrong pickup spot. Some assumed the bus had left without them. Luckily, some of the kids on the team had left their iPhones and iPads on the bus, so they used the “Find my iPhone” app to see where their phones were, thanks to GPS tracking.
We found out this morning, thanks to a police report, exactly what happened to the bus, which was found 35 miles away from the University.
On February 8, 2017 at 10:47 p.m., Troopers arrested Linda L. Edmister, 56 of Gasport, NY, for Driving While Intoxicated-Commercial Motor Vehicle.
On February 8, 2017 at 10:47 p.m., Troopers responded to St. Bonaventure University for a missing Grand Tour bus for the Saint Louis University Basketball Team. Troopers were able to locate the Grand Tour bus using GPS on an item on the bus. The bus was located and stopped thirty-five miles from St. Bonaventure University by Troopers on Main Street in the Town of Randolph, N.Y. During the investigation Edmister was issued SFST in which she failed. Edmister was arrested and transported back to SP Olean and processed. Edmister had a .22% BAC.
Edmister was the driver who took the team to St. Bonaventure University originally and was going to provide transportation after the game.
The Saint Louis basketball team was able to get another bus and continue to the next University.
Edmister was given appearance tickets for the Town of Randolph court for a later date in February 2017.
Yes, the bus driver had a blood alcohol content that was 5x the legal limit and was driving the bus around upstate New York.
Grabbing your 16th loss of the season is one thing… but the bus, which was supposed to take you to the airport so you could go home, disappearing… that makes things just that much worse.
I’m sure this season can’t get over with fast enough for those SLU players.