Season ticket sales approaching 24,000
You knew there'd be a spike in USF football season tickets after the Bulls' wild ride of 2007, but how big did you think the bump would be? USF revealed Tuesday that nearly 24,000 season tickets have been sold for the '08 season, a figure that's up about 35 percent from this time last summer.
It's a big jump, especially when you consider that last July, we were reporting that 17,800 season tickets had been sold, a jump of about 650 from the previous year. The increase in the past year is nearly 10 times as much, and with six weeks left until the opening game, the total is already 20 percent higher than where last year's season tickets sales finished at, which was just above 20,000.
Athletic director Doug Woolard had said at an "Around the Horns" gathering that the renewal rate from last season was around 90 percent, and that about 5,000 new season tickets had been sold, but this is the first hard number we've gotten. (Well, nearly hard). August, don't forget, is traditionally the Bulls' best-selling month for season tickets.
Look at last year's attendance post, where I'd asked you guys to guess which game would have the highest attendance and what it would be. You go about 40 comments before anybody touches 60,000 fans, something USF hit twice last season in sellouts against West Virginia and Central Florida.
-- You guys are good about sending me USF links, so I can offer up this from The College Football Guys blog, matching each Big East team to a popular TV show. What show best fits USF? They're going with "American Idol," which is certainly kinder than some pairings. And if you haven't seen it in a while, there's the Youtube clip of Jim Leavitt on the sidelines in the Rutgers game last year.
-- If playing two minutes seemed unimpressive, former USF center Kentrell Gransberry did not play in the Detroit Pistons' third game this week in the NBA summer league in Las Vegas. Two more games remain on Detroit's schedule, but it hasn't been a good showing for Gransberry.
-- The Sarasota Herald-Tribune's Alan Dell has a writeup on track standout Marquis Mack accepting a scholarship to USF and aiming for Jimmy Baxter's school record in the high jump. He'll be at USF this fall, and is athletic enough he'd like to consider walking on to Stan Heath's basketball team down the road, Dell reports.