'Stampede': Bulls get 1,000 more FSU tickets
As if there were any doubt how huge USF's Sept. 26 football game at Florida State will be, USF has announced that they've asked for and received a third allocation of tickets from FSU for the game.
The Bulls sold out their initial allotment of 5,000 tickets, and have gone through an additional 2,500 tickets fast enough that FSU gave USF an additional 1,000 seats in Doak Campbell Stadium. That's barely a tenth of the crowd for the Bulls, but the interest level illustrates the importance of the game for USF and its fans.
"I have said multiple times that the game at Florida State is a great opportunity for our program on a national stage and against one of the greatest coaches in college football history, Bobby Bowden," USF coach Jim Leavitt said in a statement. "I love that ticket sales are strong, and I hope that the fans continue the stampede to Tallahassee. We'll need every single one of them to win in one of the most difficult environments in football."
Fans can purchase tickets now at USF's official site, GoUSFbulls.com at a cost of $52 each. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, but seating priority will be given to USF season-ticket holders, Bulls Club donors and USF alumni.
-- ESPN.com's Brian Bennett has a great Q&A with USF offensive coordinator Mike Canales, and I'm guessing this will be a popular quote with the masses, about his running game: "I don't want it to be by committee," he tells Bennett. "I'm one of those guys who likes to have a running back you can settle on and get comfortable with." If you'll remember, Greg Gregory always said he wanted the same thing, but felt like no backs were able to separate themselves from the rest.
-- Just when I think I've heard all the Jim Leavitt stories, SI.com's Cory McCartney has a good one to lead off his story on USF and its chances in the Big East. He brings up a stat we'll probably revisit this fall: George Selvie needs 14 tackles for loss (fixed) to match the all-time NCAA record, set by Western Michigan's Jason Babin.