UConn Is In Trouble

About two weeks ago the University of Connecticut Huskies were celebrating their first BCS berth with an invite to the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. Today the administration stands questioning how they’re going to be able to afford to go.

To date UConn has sold 4,000 tickets to the New Years Day bowl, practically cementing the honor fewest in BCS history (Held by WVU who sold only 10,000 tickets to the Fiesta Bowl in 2007). That’s right, the school’s first “big” bowl game. The first time they’ve probably had an exclusive broadcast on national television. And they’ve only sold 4,000 tickets. If it holds the people of Connecticut will be required to potentially front a bill of about $2.5 million to cover the cost of UConn’s trip.

It’s as simple as this. Every BCS Bowl gives the schools 17,500 tickets (except the Rose, but I’m not getting into the logistics) to spread to their fans, staff, players, band, etc. The prices vary, but average around $160 or so for a ticket (Someone has to pay the $35 Million in payouts to the schools)

Blame the price, blame the location, blame whatever, UConn is a glaring example why a conference shouldn’t just be allowed to just send a team to a BCS Bowl because they were given an auto-bid. They should have to qualify for it beyond winning a conference. I agree, it’s hard to get excited when your team lost to Temple and limped into the berth after a terrible performance (that still ended with a “W”) at South Florida. Michigan State, on the other hand is heading to Orlando because of the arcane BCS rules that only allow two teams per conference, even though there is ZERO doubt who is more deserving to be in Glendale. Besides, do you really think the Spartans wouldn’t have sold out their share of the tickets by now?

But why stop with UConn? Virginia Tech, who has been a regular in Miami over the years have sold just 7,500 tickets to their game against Stanford. But this isn’t their first rodeo. Fans have been there, done that with the Hokies, they’ve proven they can travel time and time again, and I’m sure when all is said and done there will be 20,000 Hokies invading South Beach. On the other hand UConn is really throwing the already endangered Big East further into a pit. what value does a conference hold to the BCS if they can’t make the system any money?

23 thoughts on “UConn Is In Trouble

  1. eh, a 16 team playoff will cure everything and make everybody more money.

    According to Shanoff the SEC can defect start a playoff amongst itself and have the other leagues beg to join within a year…

  2. I think the Big East is the one actually on the hook here. They’ll actually have to eat the tickets.

    /heard Barnhart talking about this earlier
    //was half paying attention

  3. No I think Trey is right and UCONN will have to make up the difference but that most of the loss will be made up with UCONN’s share of the BCS payment to the Big East

  4. Michigan State, on the other hand is heading to Orlando because of the arcane BCS rules that only allow two teams per conference, even though there is ZERO doubt who is more deserving to be in Glendale. Besides, do you really think the Spartans wouldn’t have sold out their share of the tickets by now?

    This

  5. This

    For the love of god

    Iowa 37 – 6 Michigan State

    Iowa 7-5 with a L against Minnesota

    Wisconsin is the better team right now

  6. For the love of god

    Iowa 37 – 6 Michigan State

    Iowa 7-5 with a L against Minnesota

    Wisconsin is the better team right now

    quiet, peanut gallery

  7. how fucking pathetic. this is also Arkansas first BCS bowl and they pre-ordered over 24,000 tickets. they had to turn season ticket holders away because they couldn’t secure tickets. get rid of the auto-bid for the Big East now.

  8. quiet, peanut gallery

    I think you’re taking it out on the wrong team. You have more of an argument taking Ohio State’s spot who doesn’t have a win as good as Michigan State’s, but they also doesn’t have that glaring and embarrassing loss either

  9. but they also doesn’t have that glaring and embarrassing loss either

    Which loss is that, again?

  10. not taking it out on Wisconsin. MSU was the only school that disagreed with the conference coaches about using BCS as a 3-way tiebreaker to decide the conference rep to the Rose Bowl. It isn’t so much a shot at Wisky, it is at Ohio State. We beat the best team in the conference, they didn’t. that’s all.

  11. You have more of an argument taking Ohio State’s spot who doesn’t have a win as good as Michigan State’s, but they also doesn’t have that glaring and embarrassing loss either

    but it will save Michigan State the embarrassment of being run all over by the Razorbacks in the Sugar Bowl. 0-10 has a real nice ring to it.

  12. not taking it out on Wisconsin. MSU was the only school that disagreed with the conference coaches about using BCS as a 3-way tiebreaker to decide the conference rep to the Rose Bowl. It isn’t so much a shot at Wisky, it is at Ohio State. We beat the best team in the conference, they didn’t. that’s all.

    But those billboards don’t mention Ohio State but Wisconsin. They come across as sour grapes and nothing more

  13. I think the Big 10 arguments get even better with their own playoff starting next year. I think that is where spencer096 was going.

    There are a few teams this year that would have sold tickets like crazy to BCS games: MSU (I do think they would have sold our a BCS allotment) and Boise St. head the list. Even some 2-loss teams like LSU or Oklahoma State. These automatic berths are not good for college football when you have teams with 3 or more losses going to a BCS game. Not to mention that their losses are not against good competition.

    To take it further, the automatic tie-ins to bowls have created for bad matchups in a lot of the bowl games. Bad matchups = bad ticket sales.

    Each year we create more arguments for a playoff. There will be debate about the teams starting in the playoff, but never once you get to the final four or even eight.

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