Make it five: Another Wharton walk-on at USF
Given the competitive level of oneupmanship in college football, I feel a need each summer to call around and make sure that USF does, in fact, still have the largest student section in the Big East.
If you remember, the Bulls bumped up their student section from 8,000 to 12,000 in the wild heyday of September 2007, and then went a step further by raising it to 12,501 students, which made it one seat larger than West Virginia's and the biggest in the conference.
Last summer, I checked, thinking West Virginia might sneak in at 12,502, but sure enough, USF still had the lead. Now, I offer up the Big East's student sections for 2009:
1. USF 12,501
2. West Virginia 12,000
3. Pittsburgh 10,000
3. Rutgers 10,000
5. Cincinnati 6,000
6. Connecticut 5,500
7. Syracuse 5,000
8. Louisville 3,000
All the figures came from the sports information departments at each school. Only a few small changes from a year ago -- West Virginia dropped 500 seats and Connecticut bumped its up from 5,000 to 5,500. And Syracuse and Cincinnati both have the room to add more seats for students as demand increases. The question now is how often USF will fill that student section this fall ...