Paul Tenorio, Orlando Sentinel: The Fiesta Bowl is shaping up to be a financial nightmare for Central Florida. The team has sold only 5,000 of its required 17,500 tickets. Officials say the Knights will have to sell 13,000 tickets to break even financially. No wonder officials were cheering for Northern Illinois to get a Bowl Championship Series bid and trip to the Fiesta, which would have pushed Central Florida to a bowl closer to home. School president John Hitt has taken the unusual move of urging fans to buy Fiesta tickets.
Mike Hlas, Cedar Rapids Gazette: A look at bowl ticket sales on the secondary market. Cheapest ticket to the Bowl Championship title game is $850 on Stubhub. The Rose ($650) is also doing well. On the other end of the spectrum: Las Vegas ($9), Chick-fil-A ($9), AdvoCare V100 ($6.66), Idaho Potato ($5.75) and Texas ($4).
Richard Piersol, Lincoln Journal Star: Nebraska fans apparently do not have a lot of interest in the Gator Bowl. Only 2,759 tickets have been sold by the team. Nebraska is contracted to purchase 12,750. Georgia has sold about 7,000. It is contracted to purchase 15,000. Jacksonville is about a six-hour drive from Athens.
Scott Wolf, Inside USC: Sluggish ticket sales for the Las Vegas Bowl. USC has sold only 5,000 and Fresno State 7,000. Each team is contracted to purchase 11,000.
Stefanie Loh, U-T San Diego: San Diego State has sold more than 1,200 tickets to the Potato Bowl. The team is contracted to purchase 8,000 tickets.
Mark Anderson, Las Vegas Review-Journal: Nevada Las Vegas officials are already acknowledging a likely $200,000 deficit resulting from the team's trip to the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
Times-Picayune and Radio Iowa: Tepid demand for Outback Bowl tickets from Louisiana State fans. The team is offering prize giveaways to spur sales. Iowa's interest is strong, with reported sales of 11,500.
Megan Wyatt, Lafayette Advertiser: Louisiana Lafayette could sell 21,000 tickets to the New Orleans Bowl.
Kelly Lyell, Coloradoan: Washington State has sold 4,148 tickets to the New Mexico Bowl. Colorado State had peddled only 2,100.
Kansas City Star: Missouri's contracted allotment of 13,500 Cotton Bowl tickets sold out in less than 10 minutes.
Drew Champlin, AL.com: Vanderbilt sold 10,000 tickets to the BBVA Compass Bowl for its matchup against Houston.
Hugh Kellenberger, Clarion-Ledger: Mississippi has sold 12,223 tickets to the Music City Bowl. The team was required to purchase 12,000.
Joe Rexrode, Detroit Free Press: Jim Delany to the rescue. The Big Ten commish secured extra Rose Bowl tickets for deep=pocketed Michigan State boosters.
Aaron Brenner and Ryan Wood, Charleston Post and Courier: Clemson and South Carolina officials, acknowledging that tickets on the secondary market are often cheaper, have put together packages of incentives to help sell bowl tickets.
Michael Casagrande, AL.com: Nick Saban's average salary of $7 million a year is more than the total expenses of 12 Division I athletics programs. He's also the fourth-highest paid coach in all of American sports — professional and college.
Jon Solomon, AL.com: Announced attendance to Division I-A games increased by 1% this fall, but there's a catch. The addition of eight new teams skewed that number.
Lee Barfknecht, Omaha World-Herald: Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst was quick to dispute a report that the Cornhuskers had contacted Mack Brown to gauge his interest in becoming the Cornhusker coach.
David Teel, Newport News Daily Press: Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer says he is "sensitive to staying around too long."
Cassie Fambro, AL.com: Seven people who were wrong on Nick Saban taking the Texas job.
Kyle Ringo, Boulder Daily Camera: Colorado athletic director says there will be no increase in student fees for athletics or mandatory seat donation levels for season-ticket holders to help fund facilities improvements at Folsom Field.
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