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USF gets 2,500 more tickets for FSU football

Ticket sales for USF's football game at Florida State have gone well enough that the Bulls have requested -- and received -- an additional allotment of 2,500 tickets for the Sept. 26 game.

"The Florida State tickets have moved quickly for the last three weeks, and the amount of support made it clear we need to procure additional tickets," executive associate athletic director Bill McGillis said in a statement. "Based on the fact that the number of tickets requested by our fans during the initial selling period far exceeded the number of tickets available at that time, we expect that these additional tickets will move very quickly.

"It is clear that Tampa Bay is excited about this matchup and we thank our counterparts at Florida State for their assistance in providing additional tickets for our fan base."

When the game was announced in January, FSU cited the need to find opponents who would help fill Doak Campbell Stadium, and USF is making good on that -- the Bulls initially had an allotment of 5,000 tickets, more than most road games.

-- Incoming freshman receiver Derrick Hopkins -- offhand, I can't remember posting more about a kid before he got to campus -- has been tabbed as the No. 7 fastest player in college football by Another freshman, Lindsay Lamar, earns an honorable mention ...

-- To get to a 16-game conference schedule with 15 league opponents, the Big East gives each of its women's basketball teams a "mirror" opponent that it plays both at home and on the road. The league unveiled its mirror opponents Monday, so USF learned that the Bulls will play Georgetown twice in 2009-10.

It's not a bad draw for USF, since the Hoyas finished 7-9 in conference play to tie for ninth place, just behind the Bulls in the standings. Georgetown loses only two senior starters, including leading scorer Karee Houlette, so the Hoyas should be improved next season.

USF's women haven't fared well with mirror opponents since joining the Big East -- they went 0-4 against Pittsburgh the first two seasons, then went 1-3 against Marquette over the last two seasons.
From the league's view, the most interesting news is that after four years of playing twice each season, Connecticut and Rutgers will not meet twice this coming season. UConn's mirror opponent is now Notre Dame, while Rutgers' is now Syracuse. The league could have included Louisville, which finished second in the league and reached the national championship game, but the Cardinals lucked out and drew a home-and-home with lowly Cincinnati, which finished last in 2008-09.

[Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 6:33pm]


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