Taggart to reimburse 500 bowl-bound students
On the day USF confirmed it has surpassed 4,000 ticket sales for the Miami Beach Bowl, two significant measures were enacted to continue the momentum.
One arrives courtesy of Willie Taggart's wallet.
The Bulls third-year coach, who recently agreed in principle to a new five-year deal, announced he will reimburse the first 500 USF students who purchase a ticket for the Dec. 21 game at the student-discount rate of $20. The gesture includes those students who already have purchased a ticket.
“I just want to say thank you to all the USF students that made (Raymond James Stadium) rock this season and I can’t wait to see them all in Miami and turn Marlins Park into Ray Jay South,” Taggart said in a USF news release. “The students are a huge part of our success and we want them to come down and get (victory) No. 9 with us.
"We went 5-1 at home this year with the students bringing their energy to RayJay and we can’t wait to see them in Miami. Let's make this the funnest, loudest, most passionate bowl game crowd in USF history.”
Students must log in to their USF Student Account to purchase tickets (the $20 cost doesn't include service fees) and may purchase a maximum of one discounted student ticket. The first 500 to do so will have their accounts credited for the cost of the ticket after the bowl game.
Additionally, the school announced any fan purchasing bowl tickets via USFBullsTix.com will receive four free tickets to the Bulls women's/men's basketball doubleheader Sunday at the Sun Dome. The No. 21 women play Chattanooga at noon, followed by the men facing N.C. State at 4 p.m.
The offer expires Sunday at 10 a.m. More information on that promotion can be found here.