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September 27, 2013

Football & Service

Student-athletes at FIU, from liberos to long snappers, have public service obligations. Several football team members will be making their open Saturday a Service Saturday.

Sixteen football players -- Lamarq Caldwell, Akil Dan-Fodio, Jordan Gibbs, Ya’Keem Griner, Randy Harvey, De’Shawn Hazziez, Derrick Jones, Ian Koch, Matt Larrubia, Richard Leonard, T.J. Lowder, Jonathan Pavlov, Byron Pinkston, Fred Porter, Luis Rosado  and Cory White -- will help direct the chaos at Saturday afternoon's "Big Bowl," a Big Brothers & Big Sisters flag football event that begins at noon.

Starting at 10 a.m., over at NFL Youth Education Center, Imarjaye Albury, Glenn Coleman, Junior Delpe, Isame Faciane, E.J. Hilliard, De’Andre Japser, Markeith Russell, Dominique Rhymes, Jonnu Smith and Jairus Williams will be helping at a Pediatric Wellness Day, aimed at building and maintaining the health of our increasingly sedentary youth (and I say that as a parent of an 8-year-old who loves her swimming and gymnastics, but also her video games).

And speaking of service, current and former members of The Service will receive complimentary tickets to the Nov. 2 home game against East Carolina, now dubbed Military Appreciation Day.

Former running back in the program Jakhari Gore had no action taken on the charges against him from the incident in August. Gore's hearing was Friday morning.




Women open conference play at home. And numbers

The volleyball and women's soccer teams open Conference USA play next door to each other at home against Charlotte Friday evening.

I wrote on volleyball for Friday's Herald. If you see an athletic young woman on crutches around Camp Mitch, odds are it's a soccer player. Chelsea Leiva, Scarlet Montoya and Nikki Rios -- the top two 2012 goal scorers, one an All-Region player, and an all-conference defender -- haven't played a game for FIU this season.

Now for some more numbers. These are from the public records request I made.

Football season tickets sold for 2012, according to FIU: 10,569.

Football tickets sold overall for 2012, according to FIU: 72,878.

I think that counts each season ticket six times in the total tickets sold, which means 1,577 single game tickets were sold each game for an average paid attendance of 12,146. Much more logical. Still, that's not counting the student section, which gets in free.

Stop laughing.

Football season ticket sales for 2013 through Sept. 9, according to FIU: 10,045.

So, this year, with even a .500 season a longshot, they sold only 500 fewer season tickets than 2012, when they went into the season as Sun Belt favorites and getting a few votes in the USA Today/Coaches poll?


Individual game ticket sales for the Sept. 6 game against Central Florida, according to FIU: 1,107.

That means total ticket sales for the UCF game were 11,152. That's not counting the band, not counting the student section. Take a look at my twitter feed, https://twitter.com/DavidJNeal for oft-retweeted photos of the stadium at the national anthem that night. Yeah, late arriving tailgaters filled things in somewhat, but in the student section more than anywhere else. As I said, take a look at those photos. 11,152.


Individual game ticket sales for the Sept. 6 game against Bethune-Cookman, according to FIU: 2,618.

That means total ticket sales for that game were 12,663. Bethune brought enough of its own fans that they appeared to outnumber FIU fans that night. And the Bethune band definitely counts as a draw ("We need to get our band looking like that," opined one FIU fan, voicing the opinion of many).

Did they also count the 300-member Pride in the attendance? Because these numbers say, after an 0-2 start (two blowout losses at that) and as an underdog to a FCS team, according to FIU, it sold enough tickets to exceed the average ticket sales of a 2012 game.




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