West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin is one of four finalists for the Paul Hornung Award, given to the most versatile player in college football.
By Jenn Menendez Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Ticket sales for the Pinstripe Bowl have been brisk, according to Matt Wells, West Virginia's assistant athletic director for marketing and sales, who said Monday only a few hundred were left to be purchased through the school.
Wells said more than 3,200 have been sold so far and he anticipates the team's 5,000 ticket allotment to be accounted for by the Dec. 29 game at Yankee Stadium.
Another 1,200 to 1,300 will be used for the marching band, players families and the team officials traveling party, accounting for around 4,400 tickets.
"The fact that it's drivable helps keep sales going a little bit longer," Wells said. "Normally, you see the vast majority of your sales coming in that first week after the invitation because of travel plans, booking flights. The fact it's drivable removes that sense of urgency from our fan base."
Per the bowl agreement, West Virginia's allotment was 5,000 tickets, and Syracuse's is a little more than 10,000.
According to bowl spokesman Jason Latimer, Syracuse has nearly sold all of its allotment as well.
There are ticket purchase options for fans, including the official website, www.pinstripebowl.com. But the school encourages fans to buy directly through the West Virginia ticket office for a few reasons, said Wells.
"One, we want to use our entire allotment. And two, it helps us maintain our reputation when it comes to strong support for the bowl games," Wells said. "That's a bonus and a good thing for us when we're in consideration for the various bowls, especially considering our new relationship with the Big 12.
"We want to show those bowls that Mountaineer fans travel and we sell tickets."
The Big 12 Conference handles the cost of unsold bowl tickets, which alleviates some of the pressure for West Virginia to sell every ticket.
Still, Wells said, there are unlikely to be any left by the day of the game.
Fans can purchase tickets by going to the school's website: www.WVUGAME.com or by calling 1-800-WVUGAME.
A limited number of club seats were made available to the general public Monday, ranging from $115-$210.
Not a Texas Tech candidate
A Post-Gazette source confirmed coach Dana Holgorsen is not a candidate for the Texas Tech head coaching job. Tommy Tuberville departed for Cincinnati Saturday, fueling speculation that Holgorsen would be a candidate to replace him. Holgorsen spent eight seasons at Texas Tech under Mike Leach.
Austin a Hornung finalist
Tavon Austin was named a finalist for the 2012 Paul Hornung Award given to the player judged to be the most versatile in college football.
He amassed 2,760 all-purpose yards this season as a receiver, running back, kick and punt returner.
Austin was named a finalist along with Antonio Andrews of Western Kentucky, Dri Archer of Kent State and Marqise Lee of Southern California. The winner will be named Jan. 8.