USF season ticket sales ahead of last year's pace
With Florida State coming to town next month for perhaps the most anticipated home game in USF football history, the Bulls are slightly ahead of last year's pace for season tickets, with 21,639 now accounted for, up about 5 percent from 2011.
The Bulls released their first season-ticket update of the year Tuesday, with 18,389 season tickets sold and another 3,250 reserved for staff, trade and other uses. That total of 21,639 is up from 20,712 at this point last year -- USF hasn't yet made individual game tickets for the FSU game available, with the hopes that Seminoles fans will buy season tickets, which start as low as $75. USF-FSU tickets are commanding that much by themselves on the secondary market at sites like Stubhub.com and Ticketcity.com.
USF has six home games this season, with the season opener Sept. 1 against I-AA Chattanooga, the FSU game Sept. 29 and four Big East home games, against Rutgers, Syracuse, Connecticut and Pittsburgh.
RAISES FOR COORDINATORS: As part of Skip Holtz's new contract, the head coach has an additional $200,000 allocated for his nine full-time assistants, and coordinators Chris Cosh and Todd Fitch got the largest raises from last year's salaries in the assistants' pool of $1.85 million.
Cosh will earn $325,000, up from the $260,000 that Mark Snyder earned in 2011, according to figures released to the Times by USF on Tuesday; Fitch will now make $280,000, up $60,000 from the $220,000 he earned last season. The next-highest raises went to two assistants held over from Jim Leavitt's 2009 staff, running backs coach Larry Scott and defensive tackles coach Kevin Patrick, who each moved from $135,000 to $170,000.
The other five assistants stayed close to their 2011 salaries -- offensive line coach Steve Shankweiler earned a $10,000 raise to $185,000; defensive backs coach Rick Smith got a $5,000 raise to $210,000, and tight ends coach Peter Vaas and defensive ends/special teams coach Vernon Hargreaves stayed at their 2011 salaries of $190,000 each. New receivers coach Jerome Pathon, a former NFL receiver, will earn $80,000, down $10,000 from what Phil McGeoghan made in 2011.
USF's assistants have seen considerable increases in their pay since the Bulls joined the Big East in 2005 -- the assistants' pool that year was $690,000, and the current total is nearly three times that amount. Under Holtz's contract, the pool will increase by $100,000 in each of the next two years.