McCrory: Coastal Carolina should have stayed home

Gov. Pat McCrory and other state officials hold a briefing in the state Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C. on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. McCrory directed the State Highway Patrol and almost 50 National Guard teams in Humvees statewide to search out and recover trapped drivers and help anyone seen walking after Wednesday's storm system brought traffic to a virtual standstill in the Research Triangle area.  (AP Photo/News & Observer, Corey Lowenstein)
Gov. Pat McCrory and other state officials hold a briefing in the state Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C. on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014. McCrory directed the State Highway Patrol and almost 50 National Guard teams in Humvees statewide to search out and recover trapped drivers and help anyone seen walking after Wednesday's storm system brought traffic to a virtual standstill in the Research Triangle area. (AP Photo/News & Observer, Corey Lowenstein)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is criticizing Coastal Carolina University for allowing its basketball team to travel during this week’s winter storm for a trip that eventually lasted almost 21 hours.

McCrory told a news conference Friday that officials need to put the safety of players, coaches and the public over an athletic event.

Chanticleers’ athletics spokesman Mike Cawood says the team waited a day to return from a Wednesday night game against VMI in Lexington, Va., leaving about 8:30 a.m. Thursday. N.C. Department of Transportation spokesman Mike Charbonneau says the bus was blocked because two tractor-trailers had jackknifed ahead of the school’s bus on Interstate 77/74 in Surry County.

Cawood says the bus arrived in Conway, S.C., about 5 a.m. Friday. He says no one was ever in danger.

 

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