The fan appeal of the Alamo Bowl only grew over the weekend when Baylor’s Robert
Griffin III won the Heisman.
And the San Antonio Express-News reports that is already paying off in increased ticket sales for the game, with some tickets on the secondary market going for as much as $800.
There’s no exact figure of ticket sales for UW in the story, however, as school officials say it will still be a few more days before they have a figure to make public (that’s in part because of the way in which sales are done in stages). UW, as the Pac-12 school, had an allotment of 9,500 it has to account for (unsold tickets will be purchased by the confernence, up to 50 percent). Baylor got 12,500, the Big 12 team getting more on the assumption it might travel better due to being closer.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— The Seattle Times has named its high school All-State Teams, and they include plenty of players committed to or considering UW.
— Ted Miller puts Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Josh Shirley on his All-Pac-12 Freshmen Team.
— Chris Polk is an honorable mention pick on SI.com’s All-American Team.
— Seferian-Jenkins is 15th and Kasen Williams honorable mention on Todd McShay’s list of the top freshmen in the country.
— The LA Daily News notes that Marques Tuiasosopo has been temporarily bumped up to a fulltime coaching position with Rick Neuheisel’s departure creating a vacancy. (This isn’t to be misconstrued that he’s on Jim Mora’s staff yet — that could happen, it sounds like. But the old staff was still in place and with Neuheisel gone they could now bump someone up to basically take his place in the preparation for the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, and that’s what Tuiasosopo has done).
— Mora will be officially introduced today.
— ESPN.com examines who might take over for Andrew Luck at Stanford.
— SmartFootball looks at the interplay of recruiting and scheme.
— Speaking of Neuheisel, he will guest on the CBS Sports Network’s Inside College Football Show tonight, basically just taking the place of Rich Rodriguez, who was on the show all year (a show that gets a thumb’s up from me, by the way, as I tried to watch it every week).
— Not much specific news on the Arizona State search at the moment. But here’s an interesting column from the Arizona Republic on the impact of social media on creating perceptions about what may or may not be happening in such searches.
— By the way, June Jones said yesterday he was never offered the job.
— Oregon lineman Mark Asper frankly says BYU blew it in recruiting him.
— The Sporting News says the Pac-12 is just about ready to take the next step to elite status.
— Steve Axman, who was UW’s quarterbacks coach from 1999-2002 and WR coach in 2004, has retired.