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]

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