Gator Bowl Tix Going Fast!

By Will Vandervort
December 11, 2008 – 12:16 a.m. EST

The Gator Bowl Association’s decision to invite Clemson over Florida State for the Konica Minolta Gator Bowl on Jan. 1 is already paying off for the city of Jacksonville, Fla.

Clemson assistant athletic director for ticket operations Travis Furbee said Wednesday that Clemson has sold the majority of its allotted 13,500 tickets for the New Year’s Day game against Nebraska. A little less than 2,000 tickets remain, which he expects to be gone by Monday, the deadline for IPTAY donors to get their requests turned in.

“Interest has been really good,” Furbee said.

Furbee says ticket sales have been going really fast since the Gator Bowl Association announced Clemson (7-5) as the ACC representative on Dec. 3. He expects to know if Clemson has officially sold all of its allotment by Tuesday. He says if the need is still there, and he expects it will be, then Clemson will ask the Gator Bowl Association for any tickets that have not been sold.

But the chances of that happening appear to be slim. Reports already have near 70,000 tickets sold for the game. Jacksonville Municipal Stadium seats 77,000. Also, Nebraska has reportedly sold nearly 10,000 of its 12,750 tickets, and like the Clemson faithful, they are buying every ticket they get their hands on through Ticketmaster and other outlets.

Even the Clemson students are buying up their share of the tickets. Furbee, who sells 10 percent of the school’s allotment to the student body, says students have bought more than a 1,000 tickets and only have a few hundred left on sale.

Tickets are going fast because Clemson and Nebraska fans are anxious to see the Gator Bowl matchup because it will be the first time their teams have played against each other since the Tigers beat Nebraska to win the 1981 National Championship in the 1982 Orange Bowl.

The Tigers come to the Gator Bowl on a three-game winning streak and winners of four of their last five since Tommy Bowden “resigned” as head coach on Oct. 13. That’s when new head coach Dabo Swinney found a way to turn things around and has reunited the fan base and the team.

Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini has done the same thing in Lincoln. After replacing Bill Callahan as head coach, following a 5-7 record last year, Pelini guided the Huskers to an 8-4 record in his first season.

Tigers courting Chavis. Less than a week after interviewing John Chavis for the vacant defensive coordinator’s position, Swinney met with the former Tennessee defensive coordinator for a second interview on Wednesday.

There is no word on whether Swinney would hire Chavis to replace Vic Koenning, who resigned on Dec. 2, but Chavis wasn’t alone in this interview with Swinney. Sources say he brought his wife along this time.

Last week, Chavis and Swinney talked for more than two hours, and Chavis was even given a tour of the facilities and the University at the time.gatorbowl2009_400x2


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