Notes: FSU puts USF tickets on sale today
USF fans have already gobbled up a big block of tickets for the Bulls' Sept. 26 game at Florida State, and Bulls fans have another chance to get a seat as the Seminoles put single-game tickets on sale at 6 p.m. today. (It originally was scheduled for 3 p.m. but has been pushed back.)
USF sold out its initial allotment of 5,000 tickets, then got another 2,500 tickets and went through them as well, getting a third allotment of 1,000 tickets last week. Fans can still get tickets through USF's ticket office, as some of the final allotment remains available, but the ticket office is closed today for the holiday weekend. Fans can get tickets directly from FSU for $49 each plus fees -- for more information, visit Seminoles.com.
-- ESPN.com's Pat Forde ran through his top college basketball rivalries on Thursday, with Louisville-Kentucky topping the list of the former Louisville Courier-Journal columnist. Aside from that, the Big East only made it in the top 10 with Villanova-Pittsburgh, and to add insult to injury, Forde included Rutgers-Seton Hall as an honorable mention.
That nod spawned some funny posts on Twitter.com -- "Is the seton hall rutgers game exciting only because your not sure whether or not your car will be on blocks when you come out?" wrote Syracuse fan Moiso13. He suggested to Syracuse blogger Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician that the pairing might as well be USF-DePaul. NunesMagician's reply? "for my money, it doesn't get any better than USF-DePaul in front of 5k in Tampa. That's Big East basketball!"
-- What's a carcajou? It's basically a wolverine. And Michigan blog When Carcajous Attack has a comprehensive rundown of quarterbacks coach Rod Smith's history with young quarterbacks, including his time at "South Florida University." That reminds me I need to do an update on Jim Leavitt's disdain for Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez ...
-- USAToday.com has a Big East preview of sorts, but it doesn't have too much insight as to who will finish atop the logjam at the top of the conference.
-- ESPN.com's Andy Katz thinks USF's three mirror opponents in Big East men's basketball are a "difficult" draw, with Cincinnati, Notre Dame and Providence playing the Bulls twice in 2009-10.
-- Other BCS programs are picking up commitments from talent-rich Broward County. Tennessee has landed Michael Palardy, a top-rated kicker from Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, and Rutgers got a commitment from running back Marcus Thompson of Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson.