Bowl update: Almost half USF's tickets gone
Nine days after USF officially accepted a spot at the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, the Bulls have yet to sell half their allotment of 8,000 tickets, with "just over 3,600 tickets" accounted for according to senior associate athletic director Bill McGillis, including the 1,000 seats given to students.
The Bulls face Oregon in the Dec. 31 bowl game, and USF had the nation's most improved attendance this season, with a rise of more than 22,000 fans in this year's average home attendance. A large portion of USF's bowl expenses in their last two trips has been the cost absorbed by paying for allotted tickets that could not be sold.
Again, USF got $500,000 more from the Big East for going to El Paso than it would have for going to Charlotte, Birmingham or Toronto, so the financial aspect of not selling out the allotment isn't as big a deal. Even if USF eats 3,000 tickets at $50 each, that's only $150,000, which is less than they've had to pay for unsold tickets in past years.
-- USF defensive end George Selvie has been named a first-team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Selvie, also an FWAA and AFCA All-American, was the only USF player on the first or second team. Selvie and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow were the only sophomores on the first team, which had one freshman in Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree.
-- USF coach Jim Leavitt made his first appearance in El Paso on Thursday with Oregon coach Mike Bellotti to promote the bowl. You can read about what Leavitt had to say in the El Paso Times, along with a dandy photo of the two coaches.