December 21, 2004
The University of Connecticut football team sat through a 45-minute delay in Hartford while waiting for the team's airplane to Detroit to arrive at Bradley International Airport, but it was soon smooth sailing to the site of the Motor City Bowl. The Huskies checked into their headquarters at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn, which greeted the team by putting the UConn name in the biggest lights it knew how. The Huskies will have their first practice in Detroit on Wednesday at Ford Field.
Waiting at Bradley International Airport to leave for Detroit, members of the UConn team capture the moment. In the left photo is Matt Nuzie, Jon Wholley, Dan Murray, Matt Applebaum and Matt Cutaia. To the right is Deon McPhee, Dan Orlovsky, Alfred Fincher and Rob Lunn.
Typically, the coaching staff rides first class on the team's charters; however, for the Motor City Bowl trip, the team's seniors were rewarded with the extra luxury. At the left, Tim Lassen enjoys the comfort. With the trip coming over the Christmas holiday, the coaches and most athletic administrators have their families with them. At right, head coach Randy Edsall is shown with his son, Corey.
Jason Ward, Matt Bonislawski and Justin Perkins gather in front of the Hyatt Regency Dearborn, which was illuminated especially to welcome the team.