USF student section still Big East's biggest
Given how competitive the Big East has been in just about everything lately, I was convinced that USF's proud standing as having the conference's largest student section for football was going to be trumped.
After all, it was very "Price is Right" of USF last September, when four days before the big showdown with West Virginia, the Bulls announced that they had expanded their student section to 12,501 seats, which was one more than the Mountaineers. Given nearly a year, I figured the marketing folks somewhere would ramp up their student section to jump past USF's -- hey, they still could -- but after making calls around the league, the Bulls still have the most tickets allotted for students.
Here are the student sections for all eight Big East football schools, though as USF showed last season, these obviously can be tweaked in the next month or two ...
1. USF 12,501
2. West Virginia 12,500
3. Pittsburgh 10,000
3. Rutgers 10,000
5. Cincinnati 6,000
6. Connecticut 5,000
6. Syracuse 5,000
8. Louisville 3,000
-- One more note: There's a pinch-hitter in USF's lineup for the Big East preseason football media gathering in Rhode Island next week, with senior running back Ben Williams stepping in for center Jake Griffin, who had a scheduling conflict. As far as ready-made Stories-in-a-Box go, Williams' tale as a tiny walk-on who earns a scholarship and bowl MVP honors might be USF's best next week, though Tyrone McKenzie's story, having played for schools in three different BCS conferences and now settled in with his hometown Bulls, will likely also get written a lot this season.