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Boise State still has $480,000 worth of Fiesta Bowl tickets to sell; JC transfer to sign Wednesday

Boise State has sold 9,300 tickets to the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31 against Arizona, the school reported Monday.

That’s an increase of just 600 tickets since the school’s first ticket update on Wednesday.

The remaining tickets cost $162.

To try to generate more sales, Boise State is offering a military-donation option. Fans can buy tickets here and they will be distributed to folks at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona. Boise State used a military-donation program for the 2010 Fiesta Bowl, too.

Boise State has a 12,500-ticket allotment valued at $1.94 million. The tickets count as part of the school’s payout, which is about $3.25 million in total.

The remaining tickets are worth $480,000. So if none are sold, the Broncos’ payout drops to about $2.75 million. That’s still enough to clear about $1 million from the trip.

Tickets still can be purchased through the Boise State Athletic Ticket Office (426-4737) and boisestatetickets.com.

Part of the problem for Boise State is the Fiesta Bowl is undercutting the school on tickets. Today, you could buy tickets in section 403 for $75 (plus fees) from the Fiesta Bowl and tickets in section 404 for $150 (plus fees) from Boise State.

The Fiesta Bowl, under its contract with the College Football Playoff, was required to provide most of the schools’ tickets at $150 or less. The result: Boise State is selling tickets in many sections for less than bowl organizers, but in some sections for twice as much.

Boise State sold nearly all of its allotments for the 2007 and 2010 Fiesta Bowls. The school received 17,500 tickets for the 2007 game and 19,000 for the 2010 game.

Mid-year junior college transfers can sign with four-year schools on Wednesday. Former Texas A&M safety Kam Miles plans to sign with the Broncos that day, he said Monday via text. Miles spent this season at Butler Community College in Kansas. He can enroll at Boise State in January.

Here is the post on Miles from when he committed.

TCU coach Gary Patterson was named the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award recipient on Monday.

Boise State coach Bryan Harsin was one of eight finalists.

We’ll have a lot of Fiesta Bowl coverage this week. Boise State is opening its practices to the media Tuesday and Thursday. The coordinators will speak to the media Tuesday, Harsin has a press conference Wednesday and quarterback Grant Hedrick and defensive end Beau Martin are available for interviews Thursday.

The Broncos scatter for Christmas break Dec. 23 and meet in Arizona on Dec. 26.

LINKS

Darian Thompson getting noticed this postseason

Broncos focused on winning, not fun

Jake Roh heads home for bowl game

‘Brotherhood links Harsin, Yates

Jay Ajayi named award finalist

Fiesta Bowl trips have become family traditions

Arizona 101

Bowl notebook

Broncos need a Fiesta win to be ‘back’

Murphy: Past success helped send Broncos to Fiesta

Fiesta Bowl ticket info

Notebook: Can Boise State help the Big 12?

Boise State needs to sell $1.94 million worth of tickets

Boise State to play Arizona

Broncos move up in polls

Email me at ccripe@idahostatesman.com.

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