Simple logic suggested the departure of the greatest player in USF football history would result in a mild ticket-sales swoon.
Instead, they've spiked.
The school reported Thursday morning 559 season-ticket accounts were renewed on Wednesday, the first day fans were able to do so. Those accounts represent 1,593 tickets, a Day 1 record for the program.
By contrast, 59 accounts were renewed on Day 1 of 2016.
"We appreciate all those that have and will renew their tickets," Bulls athletic director Mark Harlan said. "(Wednesday's) record renewal number was a testament to how people believe in our football program and where it is headed."
USF will spend the spring and summer seeking a replacement for QB Quinton Flowers, who led the Bulls to a 21-4 record the last two seasons and ended his dazzling career with at least 42 school records and the American Athletic Conference's career total offense mark (11,802 yards).
The Bulls are expected to return 11 starters from last season's 10-2 squad. Their six-game home slate is highlighted by contests against Georgia Tech (Sept. 8) and reigning AAC champion UCF (TBA).
"We thank all those that are on board with us, and challenge those in this community to step up and be a part of USF football, the bay area's college team," Harlan said. "A team that has proven it can and will win a ton of games."
The priority season-ticket renewal period, which allows season ticket members to lock in their current seat locations, add new seats or change locations for tickets, runs through March 30. New season tickets go on sale starting April 13. More information can be found here.