Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Bobby Bowden's finale in Gator Bowl quickly sells out

JACKSONVILLE — The Gator Bowl said Monday that the Jan. 1 game that will be Bobby Bowden's coaching finale sold all 77,474 tickets in record time, less than two hours.

Gator Bowl chairman Dan Murphy said, "The interest in this game has been overwhelming and has surpassed all expectations."

Florida State will play Bowden's former team, West Virginia, trying to avoid its first losing season since 1976.

Crist to Jags: Take Tebow

TALLAHASSEE — Florida Gov. Charlie Crist thinks Florida quarterback Tim Tebow could be the answer to the Jaguars' attendance problems.

Crist said that he has talked with Jaguars ownership about drafting Tebow as a means to sell more season tickets and keep the team from moving.

Clausen, Tate going pro: Notre Dame's co-MVPs, quarterback Jimmy Clausen and receiver Golden Tate, said they will bypass their senior seasons for the NFL draft.

Dayne Crist, now the only quarterback on the roster, is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. It is not clear whether he can participate in spring workouts.

Clausen, the school's most-hyped quarterback recruit since Ron Powlus in 1993, had a 16-18 overall record. This season he went 289-of-425 for 3,722 yards, 28 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Tate had 93 catches for 1,496 yards, 15 receiving touchdowns, two rushing TDs and a punt return for a TD.

In coaching news, Cincinnati's Brian Kelly said he will meet with Notre Dame — reportedly today — about replacing Charlie Weis. He said he expects to decide his future by Saturday and would not guarantee that he would coach the Sugar Bowl game against Florida. Stanford's Jim Harbaugh declined comment on a report that he will interview.

Suh wins nagurski: Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation's top defensive player. He beat out TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes, Alabama defensive tackle Terrence Cody, Iowa linebacker Pat Angerer and Tennessee safety Eric Berry.

Boise state: Coach Chris Petersen was named WAC coach of the year, and quarterback Kellen Moore was named offensive player of the year, one of six Broncos on the All-WAC first team.

Southern: Coach Pete Richardson, the "Dean of the SWAC," was fired. He was 134-62 in 17 years at Southern.

Stanford: Quarterback Andrew Luck had surgery on a finger on his right hand and could miss the Cardinal's first bowl, the Sun, in eight years. Tavita Pritchard would start in his place Dec. 31 against Oklahoma.

Virginia: Richmond's Mike London was named coach, saying a priority is to build recruiting relationships with high schools. The former Cavaliers assistant succeeds Al Groh, getting a five-year deal at $1.7 million per year.

Bobby Bowden's finale in Gator Bowl quickly sells out 12/07/09 [Last modified: Monday, December 7, 2009 11:01pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. As NCAA investigation continues, Baylor dances around sex-assault scandal

    College

    In 1996, Southern Baptist-affiliated Baylor University lifted its 151-year-old ban and allowed dancing on its Waco, Texas campus.

  2. Rays late-night bullpen shuffle: Alvarado, Pruitt down; Kolarek up

    Blogs

    The Rays shuffled their bullpen again after Tuesday's game, sending down struggling LHP Jose Alvarado along with RHP Austin Pruitt to Triple-A Durham, and turning next to LHP Adam Kolarek, who will make his major-league debut at age 28,

  3. Rays journal: Alex Cobb brilliant, Alex Colome worrying in 10-inning victory (w/video)

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — RHP Alex Cobb couldn't have been much better for the Rays on Tuesday, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning while working eight solid. And Alex Colome couldn't have been much worse, blowing a two-run ninth-inning lead.

    Rays starter Alex Cobb carries a no-hitter into the seventh and pitches eight shutout innings in his best outing of the season.
  4. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Tuesday's Rays-Pirates game

    The Heater

    RHP Alex Cobb continues to look better and better, which could make the decision whether to trade him tougher. Cobb had a no-hitter through six and threw his biggest pitch with a 1-0 lead in the seventh, getting Josh Bell to roll into a double play.

  5. For good of the Rays, Tim Beckham should embrace move to second

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH — The acquisition of slick-fielding shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria said a lot of things, most notably that the Rays are serious about making in-season moves to bolster their chances to make the playoffs, with a reliever, or two, next on the shopping list.

    PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 27:  Tim Beckham #1 of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrates with teammates after scoring during the eighth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 27, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) 700011399