USF football season ticket sales down slightly
USF's season ticket sales are down slightly from a year ago, but the Bulls' following won't drop as much as it did last year, with 21,576 season tickets already sold and distributed, 5 percent down from this time last year.
The Bulls set their all-time high in 2008, when 27,879 season tickets were sold and distributed -- that number dropped 13 percent to a final count of 24,185 last year. Last July, USF was at 22,697, putting the Bulls about 1,100 behind last year's pace.
USF has billboards up all over town touting "A Holtz New Era" with first-year head coach Skip Holtz. A recent study from Rivals.com found that USF's $75 season ticket option was the cheapest in BCS football.
The Bulls will have seven home games in 2010, including four Big East games -- Syracuse, Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Connecticut. The nonconference home opponents won't help with attendance -- I-AA Stony Brook, Western Kentucky and Florida Atlantic, with the best non-league games on the road at Florida and Miami. The current figure of 21,576 includes 18,433 tickets sold and another 3,143 reserved for staff, trade, spirit squads and other operational needs.
-- Bulls quarterback B.J. Daniels wasn't among the 30 passers included on the initial Watch List for the Davey O'Brien Award, given to the nation's top quarterback. Two other Big East quarterbacks who made their first starts last year (like Daniels) did make the O'Brien cut, as Cincinnati's Zach Collaros and Rutgers' Tom Savage were on the list. From other state schools, Florida State's Christian Ponder and Miami's Jacory Harris were also included.
-- USF receiver Sterling Griffin, who had surgery on June 30 for his dislocated ankle, is wearing a boot during his recovery, and the Bulls are sticking to a 6-to-8-week timetable for his recovery. USF won't rush his return, with hopes of having him back and healthy by the end of September, in time for all of the Bulls' Big East games.