Fan talk: Empty student seats, ‘Battle Hymn’ soloists, backup QBs and more!

Not enough of these guys are showing up at Sanford Stadium. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

Not enough of these guys are showing up at Sanford Stadium. (Brant Sanderlin / AJC)

The Red and Black reported this week that the athletic board, school officials and student representatives have been discussing the increasing problem of empty seats in the student section at Sanford Stadium during even big games.

The student section never reached capacity last season, the R&B report noted, with more than half the 18,000 student seats going unused at one game. But while it shouldn’t be that surprising to have 10,000 students deciding to ditch the Coastal Carolina game, it’s shocking to read that there were 3,000 empty student seats for Auburn.

Wells Ellenberg, the student representative on the athletic board, put it bluntly: “Students, for whatever reason, don’t feel the need to go to the football game. We lack the appropriate culture here for an SEC football school.”

While some older fans are quick to conclude that all those scholars with the high SAT scores drawn to UGA by HOPE just aren’t interested in football, I think that’s probably a minor factor in the decline of student attendance. I’ve known of plenty of top students who were ardent football fans; I don’t think it’s really a “culture” thing at all.

There have always been students who bought tickets to the games and then decided not to attend, especially the lesser games. But in the past they could easily give or sell those tickets to friends or even nonstudents (often recent UGA grads), and so someone still wound up sitting in the seat.

In fact, one of the chief complaints about the old way student ticketing was handled was that freshmen got left out because upperclassmen with no interest in going to the games ordered tickets anyway and and then just sold them off.

But the main problem was the athletic association got greedy. They were so upset by the idea that students might sell their discounted game tickets (and possibly even pocket a little profit that didn’t go into the coffers at Butts-Mehre) that they changed the distribution system a couple of years ago to eliminate hard tickets in favor of electronic “tickets” applied directly to today’s interactive student ID cards.

The end result? Empty seats. They tried fixing the problem by allowing students to donate their unused tickets to a particular UGA student or put them back into a pool to be resold by the athletic association and even added penalties for those who bought a ticket and didn’t use it or donate it.

And yet they still ended up with 3,000 empty seats for the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry, which looks pretty embarrassing on TV.

OK, I recognize that students get their tickets cheaper than the public and the athletic association missed out on a few dollars when so-called “student” seats were filled by nonstudents. But so what? It’s not like UGA’s athletic program is hard up for money. And which hurts more, students scalping tickets or empty seats showing up on national television?

Frankly, I think a return to paper tickets for students, even though they might get scalped, sounds like the lesser of two evils.

Plus, until student demand once again exceeds the supply, they ought to reduce the number of seats allotted for students. Then the athletic association can sell those extra seats to season ticket holders or the general public at full price, which ought to alleviate just a bit of the sting of those ill-gained proceeds going into the pockets of student scalpers!

Now, let’s check out some of this week’s Junkyard Mail. …

Jeff Sutton writes: Hi Bill, I was wondering if you knew why UGA has stopped the trumpet solos that begin the playing of “Glory, Glory” at basketball games? The solos were played at the first few games of the season, but stopped somewhere around midseason. Will they also be banned at football games this fall? I really miss them and the tradition. Thanks for all the info and insight you provide. Keep up the great work!

Thanks, Jeff. I certainly hope there’s no consideration being given to beginning a football game at Sanford without the Redcoat Band trumpet soloist in the corner of the upper deck kicking off the “Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation.” That’s become a really beloved tradition among fans. As for the absence of the soloist at Stegeman Coliseum recently, I put your question to UGA sports information chief Claude Felton, who responded: “I think you could say we are simply experimenting with some new initiatives inside our pre-game and trying some new combinations. The trumpet solos have not been totally eliminated and good chance you’ll see them again.”

Interim mascot Russ may serve for another game or two. (Johnny Crawford / AJC)

Interim mascot Russ may serve for another game or two. (Johnny Crawford / AJC)

Michael Parsa writes: Uga IX. Any news? Haven’t heard a thing at all.

Sonny Seiler, owner of the Uga line, said back in December that a new mascot likely will be selected sometime this summer. The Savannah Morning News reported that interim mascot Russ has produced several possible heirs and that Charles Seiler, Sonny’s son who deals with the mascots, will decide when Uga IX takes over from Russ. The paper said he was concerned about subjecting a puppy to the early September heat (although a subsequent schedule change means the second game no longer will be played in Columbia, S.C.), so Uga IX might not don the collar until the third game of the season against Florida Atlantic in Athens. Russ, of course, wasn’t considered for permanent mascot because he’s 8 years old and they don’t want to have to come up with another mascot in just three years, especially after the recent run of bad luck with them. And for those worried about “inbreeding,” the Seilers say that the pup that becomes Uga IX will have a mother who is not related to the Uga line.

Kobie from Savanah writes: Are we going to implement more screen passes into the offense, rather than have [Aaron] Murray sit back in the pocket and hope a receiver is open downfield before the pocket collapses? Also, why is Coach Richt so steadfast in not allowing our backup quarterbacks to get some meaningful snaps? Murray took a pounding some last year and that was with a more experienced offensive line than what we have now. [Christian] Lemay really could use the experience if we are going to redshirt [Hutson] Mason.

You’re preaching to the choir on both counts. I’d love to see Mike Bobo utilize screens and the short passing game a lot more than he did last season, especially on third down! Like I said recently, I’m also a proponent of giving your backup meaningful playing time, but the reality is that Murray is going to be behind center unless the game is out of reach or he’s hurt. And if it’s the latter, you’ve got to wonder whether Georgia would go with an unproven backup who hasn’t played in a couple of years. I think it’s more likely that the redshirt would come off and Mason will be first off the bench in the event of a Murray injury.

Steve Langston writes: Who is going to start on our O-line in the fall?

With Ben Jones, Cordy Glenn and Justin Anderson all gone, the offensive line will get a major shakeup this spring. It’s pretty much a mix and match situation, with any of the players likely to land at any spot on the OL. At least seven guys likely will get major playing time on the line. Center will be either Chris Burnette, who started at guard last season, or David Andrews. If Andrews is the center, Burnette will start as one of the guards. Kenarious Gates will be in the running for one of the tackle spots, as will incoming freshman John Theus. Dallas Lee is likely to get one of the starting guard spots, Junior college transfer Mark Beard could wind up as a guard or tackle, and also in the running are Austin Long, Watts Dantzler and Kolton Houston (assuming his NCAA problems are cleared up). Xzavier Ward, Zach Debell and Hunter Long might eventually contend for backup playing time.

Ryan Graham writes: Hey Bill, I’ve been reading your blog for a while now. I was born and raised in Athens and grew up a Bulldog. I attended Georgia State for college, though. Now that we have a football team, I am all for it. I was wondering what your thoughts on Georgia State moving to FBS from the point of view of a Bulldog. Do you think it will affect UGA negatively or positively? Personally, I think GT has more to fear than you guys, but I’m looking for your perspective.

Generally, you don’t welcome any additional FBS schools recruiting in your territory, but assuming State does make the jump to the higher level in a conference like the Sun Belt, I think you’re right that it’s more likely to impact the school on North Avenue than it will UGA. Kids capable of playing SEC ball aren’t likely to want to play for the Panthers. You didn’t ask, but if you’re wondering whether I think UGA is likely to add GSU to one of the nonconference spots on its home schedule, I’d say not for a while. And, frankly, I would prefer that UGA wait until Bill “Bring the Cheaters to Their Knees” Curry is gone before rewarding the Atlanta program with one of those big pay days.

Tyler Standfield writes: What’s our projected starters looking like for CB, how is our depth? Also, which freshmen do you think will have the biggest impact next season (Marshall, Theus, Harvey-Clemons, or Gurley)?

Sanders Commings and Branden Smith are the likely starters at cornerback (once Commings finishes his two-game suspension), with Bacarri Rambo and Shawn Williams as the safeties. Damian Swann is most likely to fill in for Commings and probably will be the starting nickel back. Depth is a bit thin, but Marc Deas, Corey Moore, Quintavious Harrow and Devin Bowman could see playing time. So could incoming freshman Sheldon Dawson. And, of course, Malcolm Mitchell may wind up playing some cornerback, too. As for which true freshman is likely to have the biggest impact, my money’s on Keith Marshall at tailback. Even if he doesn’t wrest the starting spot away from Isaiah Crowell, he’ll still get plenty of reps.

Ronnie Weeks writes: Greetings from the frigid “Rust Belt,” where a displaced DAWG alum is looking forward to some warmer temperatures and some springtime gridiron action! My question has to do with the tailback rotation for the upcoming season. It seems to me like the tailback position has gone from a relative “famine” last season to a “feast” of tailback talent for this season. All accounts I have seen reflect a tremendous offseason for the embattled Isaiah Crowell who will be pushed by the true frosh sensations Keith Marshall and Todd (T.J.) Gurley. Boo Malcome also came on strong at the end of last season and provided some tough yardage between the tackles. Specifically, do you see either Marshall or Gurley getting redshirted next year, and will be there be enough carries for the likes of Carlton Thomas, Richard Samuel, and Brandon Harton? How do you think the coaching staff will use the tailbacks in 2012-13?

I expect we’ll see the usual tailback-by-committee that Mark Richt and Bobo have always tended to favor, with Crowell and Marshall eventually being the first two in the rotation. Samuel may begin the season ahead of Marshall but I think the freshman will supercede him eventually, though Samuel will still get a fair amount of time on the field, possibly at fullback. Gurley certainly will get a look in preseason, too, though I think he might be more likely to redshirt than Marshall. Carlton Thomas just keeps hanging around the program and probably will be used as a change-of-pace back. Malcome might get some relief work. I don’t see Harton getting much action unless there’s another rash of injuries.

Sam Kamar writes: The defense has improved a lot but don’t you think there is a lot of room to improve where depth and conditioning are concerned? Do you have any idea what is happening with the strength and conditioning coaching staff? I’ve read of several departures but not anything about new hires.

As we’ve already noted, depth may be a problem in the secondary. And Richt said recently that “finishing” games was a primary concern for the defense, so he’s thinking along the same lines you are. You can expect the conditioning staff to be filled out to the new NCAA maximum of five pretty soon with a couple of new hires. Athletic director Greg McGarity has said that one of the hires will be a speed specialist and among those in the running is Sherman Armstrong, who runs V.A.S.T. Training in Tampa.

Steve Yearta writes: [The] blowout in Lexington was painful to the point of embarrassment. I support Coach [Mark] Fox and the team but wonder if he’s on Greg McGarity’s “to do” list?

Not yet. I think Fox will be given a couple more years in which to attract the talent he needs to Athens. It’s been a disappointing season for the basketball Dogs, but a couple of big wins over ranked teams even with a depleted lineup showed what Fox is capable of accomplishing.

Happy birthday, No. 34!

Happy birthday, No. 34!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, HERSCHEL!

Let’s close off by wishing Herschel Walker a happy 50th birthday. And in honor of that occasion, if you haven’t yet seen the ESPN Films “Herschel” documentary, you can order it on a DVD that also has bonus features like extra interviews, deleted scenes and 1981 Sugar Bowl highlights. It’s available here and here.

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304 comments Add your comment

ARdawg

March 3rd, 2012
10:32 am

Italian_29

March 3rd, 2012
10:34 am

Go Dawgs GATA!!!!

funny...

March 3rd, 2012
10:46 am

It was great going to games with paper student tickets. I could bring friends. When my wife and I graduated we got tickets from our friends still in school. All while building up our cumulative score to qualify for alumni association tickets.

The athletic association isn’t losing any money anyway, they’ve already sold the tickets. Plus the students weren’t making all that much money anyway by selling their tickets. Most people don’t want to sit (stand) in the student section anyway. You have to really want to go to a Georgia football game to sit with the students.

It makes me angry that they can’t see past this.

Remember the students are their for school, sometimes you can’t make all the games. It happens. Don’t punish the students, this is a fat cat greedy alumni association problem.

funny...

March 3rd, 2012
10:49 am

Bill if we’re throwing the students under the bus, can we address the late arriving, early leaving alumni as well?

Sanford Stadium is a pretty tame place before kickoff and a pretty lame place in the 4th quarter.

Desert Fox

March 3rd, 2012
10:50 am

Murray, Bobo and production at RB must improve otherwise the results will be the same as 2011 season where UGA loses to ranked teams.

funny...

March 3rd, 2012
10:51 am

All this and the team needs more players like Malcolm Mitchell. That kid has heart and desire.

Crowell you listening? Thank God we won’t have to drag him to class and workouts THIS YEAR.

What an idiot. Anyone remember Jasper Sanks.

CleanOldFashionedHate

March 3rd, 2012
10:57 am

GO DAWGS TO HELL WITH TECH! The place on Facebook for COFH! facebook.com/CleanOldFashionedHate

(We happen to welcome both Dawgs AND Jackets fans, but we are are bit biased!)

Dawg Tired

March 3rd, 2012
11:03 am

If the Athletic Board doesn’t have enough sense to solve the simple student ticket problem, I suggest they all be replaced for being “too stupid” to function in society.

oakisland

March 3rd, 2012
11:07 am

What kind of students are attending UGA that chooses not to support the football team? Hell, when I was at UGA, we had to get in the stadium at 11:30 and save seats for our older fraternity brothers. Really hammered by the 1 o’clock kickoff. 1969 grad.

Dawg Haus

March 3rd, 2012
11:17 am

I’d say the changes implemented by the Athletic Association are more to blame for the students not showing up than the students themselves. I was at UGA from ‘03-’06 and never had any trouble selling my paper ticket for a game I couldn’t make, even Middle Tennessee State one year. One thing is for sure, that huge gap in the end zone is embarrassing. Someone needs to address that issue for 2012.

hipdawg

March 3rd, 2012
11:24 am

if they would let the kids party a little bit instead of looking to arrest the students they might want to show up.

Joey

March 3rd, 2012
11:25 am

HD, Flat Screen TVs are causing declining attendence everywhere.

tell me again

March 3rd, 2012
11:28 am

If you want Sanford stadium to be the kind of place that intimidates opponents, you need to kick the old fogey alumni out and open the gates to the screaming and passionate student fans – watching a bunch of old alumni sit there and decompose is very frustrating. We need the crazy student passion that makes the fans in attendance the 12th man. Yeah, In know – “but the old alumni are the ones that pay the big dollars for the season tickets.” Ok – so you get what you want – money in your pocket instead of an electric game day environment – have it your way.

I-DOG

March 3rd, 2012
11:33 am

beat a couple of top 10 teams and the students will be lining up to go to the games again. It is that simple. Losses to Colorado, Central Florida, Kentucky, and close games with Vanderbilt took some of the luster off the Dawgs the last couple of years and college students are going to be more influenced by very recent events than other folks are.

Win and they will come back.

Ryan

March 3rd, 2012
11:33 am

Not too sure I understand why Curry being part of the program would limit UGA’s scheduling. Maybe there’s some history I’m not aware of. I agree, we would not be competing for SEC caliber talent in the foreseeable future.

Coach Bobo's Playbook

March 3rd, 2012
11:34 am

The Athletic Association resembles the federal government – rather than allow economic freedom, they institute more and more regulations, and cause more harm than good. There was nothing wrong with the old system, but they just couldn’t stand someone gaining a bit financially other than themselves! Now, with the weak home schedule we have this year, student attendance could be even worse if they don’t loosen things up.

On another note, one of the players mentioned this week that he was excited that Coach Grantham could go deeper into the defense’s playbook this year due to having 10 starters returning. I fear that Coach Bobo will not choose to turn even to Page 2 of his playbook this year!! (short yardage pass plays, screens, toss sweeps, fullback runs, and quick hitting TB plays are NOT on Page 1, clearly). ….GO DAWGS!!!

Frank Lane

March 3rd, 2012
11:41 am

Boo Athletic Board. I am sure that this is a policy problem.

Paul in NH

March 3rd, 2012
11:43 am

Bill Curry’s comment about “bringing the cheaters to their knees” had nothing to do with UGA. He made it when GT entered the ACC and was likely referring to a certain school that plays in orange and paints tiger paws on the roadway.

Gulf Shores Dawg

March 3rd, 2012
11:43 am

At the Outback Bowl, I noticed the MSU band majorettes NEVER sat down! The band played tunes constantly and they danced in the stands showing tremendous excitement…I have noticed the Texas A&M fans on their feet constantly in their games and being loud as heck waving towels…Missouri fans are also fanatic with energy…This is to put the Dawg Fans on notice, we look anemic at times at our games…we should be loud and proud all the time at our games and not let the new additions to the SEC – OUT FAN us…come on guys, get some excitement in Athens!!!

RMI Major

March 3rd, 2012
11:44 am

Go back to paper student tickets. Problem solved. Athletic Association doesn’t want a solution they want a solution that keeps our tickets on our student IDs.

Ash

March 3rd, 2012
11:50 am

Remove UGA from the Seilers. The lineage of UGA is very large now and the Seilers appear to just use these bull crap excuses so they can be in the news. Bulldog Woods would be a more fanatic fan to carry the honor of UGA owner.

I-DOG hit a homerun...

March 3rd, 2012
11:53 am

…with his comments, unlike Gulf Shores Dawg – get a team that is EXCITED about playing, and shows it on the field, and the fans in the stands will take care of themselves…

Corkylovesbeer

March 3rd, 2012
11:55 am

Bill,

Do you ever write a blog about the basketball team?

Ash

March 3rd, 2012
11:57 am

tell me again said it best…..bunch of dang old people at the games who just want to sit and watch. They need to erase all prior points for tickets so new blood can afford it.

gooberDaWg

March 3rd, 2012
12:04 pm

whO TH HAIL wuud go to UgA for just an eduucashun. Dont they no whuts importent??

Hey, Corkylovesbeer

March 3rd, 2012
12:12 pm

…why should Bill write about basketball at UGA? There really is not much to say about it…

JimdawginTexas

March 3rd, 2012
12:12 pm

They teach the freshman they do not need to go to the games by not allowing all of them to go. So they figuure out they can have fun and not go to the game. When I attended GA every student who wanted to go could. They should go back to this policy and remember, school is for the students and not the alumni.

I remember when they jerked the students around on basketball games tickets and then had to beg for students to came back to the games. They thought they could make more money selling basketball tickets to the alumni. When the alumni stopped going, they had a lot of empty seats.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
12:22 pm

Ash & tell me…..You will get old too. We have paid for and earned the right to watch the game from the expensive seated position.

s smith

March 3rd, 2012
12:27 pm

It’s also time for McGarity to add Andy Landers to his “to do list”.He just can’t Georgia to the next level.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
12:27 pm

And you dawgs give Tech fans and students a hard time? Sounds like the same thing is happening at UGa that has at Tech with the students having OTHER options over actually going in the stadium for the game.

Ash

March 3rd, 2012
12:29 pm

Still@theKool-aidBAR

earn the right? you started getting tix when the cost was much lower. Being an old fart does not mean you earned a thing. The initial buy in to tix now is a lot more than when you started, and the is an opportunity we didnt have.

Red Stick

March 3rd, 2012
12:38 pm

Joey

March 3rd, 2012
11:25 am

“HD, Flat Screen TVs are causing declining attendence everywhere.”

Perhaps to some degree but apparently not yet at LSU. LSU just completed a feasibility study to add nearly 7,000 seats to the top of the South end zone no later than the 2015 season or perhaps 2014. This would increase capacity to 99,500 and make arguably the loudest stadium in the country even louder.

I think it has more to do with the Dawgs having a sub par year in 2010 and starting slow last season.

I expect that the top 7 ranking UGA will have in the preseason and being a contender for the SEC title will resolve this problem.

Geaux Tigers
SEC Champions

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
12:39 pm

Ash you moron and I did get paid as much either. A 66 Mustang coupe was $3490 brand new. The Cost isn’t much different. Glad to see you are using your fine education. You cry baby entitlement punks need to grow up.

Ash

March 3rd, 2012
12:40 pm

you you old seat sitters need to break a hip and stay home!

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
12:42 pm

Red Stick…It has to do with the AA forcing people to pay too much for crappy games. The Cost to travel, park, tailgate on top of the donation and ticket cost to see the Pathetic home schedule isn’t worth it.

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
12:43 pm

You need to get a better JOB and make more money if you want my seat.

Dawg Haus

March 3rd, 2012
12:46 pm

I agree, Red Stick. Attendance at the stadium is a reflection of the overall pulse of the program. A dominant season will take care of all of those woes.

Ash

March 3rd, 2012
12:51 pm

It could happen to us all. The fact it is said doesnt make it any more or less likely to happen.

maharajiean shorts

March 3rd, 2012
12:51 pm

I could care less if there was 400 people in the stadium as long as Bobo never runs the shotgun draw EVER again.

UGA FRIEND

March 3rd, 2012
12:52 pm

About the Battle Hymn Solo: I love and treasure this song.
The answer that Bill got when he asked why it was stopped was not clear. Does anyone know what the real reason could be?

Still@theKool-aidBAR

March 3rd, 2012
12:54 pm

ASH a parents gets some revenge a few ways. 1 spoil the grand kids to make it harder on you. 2 live long enough to have your kids change your diaper. 3 Live well and spend all the money so your kids have to make their own.

Rabun Dawg

March 3rd, 2012
12:58 pm

Bill, I hate that Richt says the defense can’t last four quarters. The correct observations is that his offense puts them in bad situations in the fourth quarter because they can’t make a first down. We had five games inwhich we had the lead going into the fourth and the offense sat on it. Three we almost lost and two we did loose- USC and MSU. Now that Hines Ward is out in Pittsburg, let hire him as wide receiver coach. I heard he wanted to come to UGA to coach.

Happy Warrior

March 3rd, 2012
12:58 pm

Why not do what Alabama does…. if a student does not use their ticket for a game, they have all other tickets pulled from them and offered to other student. If they miss 2 of more games in a year they are moved to the bottom of the list. In other words, they will not be able to get student tickets for any games

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HERSCHEL

March 3rd, 2012
12:59 pm

PLAY DIXIE!!!

Bobo, Bobo, a Pirate's Life for Me

March 3rd, 2012
1:09 pm

As a student, I can tell you that although there is a way to transfer your student ticket to others it has to be done by wednesday or thursday of that week. For those people that don’t find out about work, late plans, emergencies, or students who simply tailgated too hard and don’t wind up going to the game their seats go unfilled. My freshman year this was not the case as it was easy to either sell your own ticket right before the game, or give it to a brother/friend to sell on their way to the stadium. It is hard to fill every seat, but 3,000 seats is a large number and that space looks absolutely TERRIBLE!!! If nothing else, they should just let people without tickets in at half time to fill the space…

7576DAWG

March 3rd, 2012
1:24 pm

Go back to the paper ticket. Who cares if the student resales his ticket for a little extra cash. Georgia Alumni make sure the football program is one of the most profitable program in the nation. That little bit of money ,the student’s get mean’s nothing. When someone buy’s those ticket’s most of the time that means someone who really is a Dawg fan will be occupying the seat the whole game.

2georgiadawgs

March 3rd, 2012
1:36 pm

Let’s see…tailgating restrictions, student ticket sales restrictions, mediocre seasons..come on UGA give ‘em something to cheer about!!!!!!!!!!!!!

7576DAWG

March 3rd, 2012
1:40 pm

I have read a few times that CMR wants the defense to be able to finish at the end of the game . I believe our problem was mostly that the offense turning the ball over late in the game or going 3 and out again just after the defense made great stops to get the ball back to our offense. The fourth quarter problem was the offense not the defense. The main reason we were ahead for 3 quarters was because the defense did such a great job . The defense was tired by the fourth quarter. THE OFFENSE, MURRAY AND BOBO ARE THE ONES THAT NEED TO STEP UP.

Skitty Fritty

March 3rd, 2012
1:40 pm

With the current economy, I am surprised there are not more no shows all over the stadium. You have to contribute a minimum of $2,500 to get a parking pass or become cattle and ride the bus. You have to pay a minimum seat fee to have the right to purchase your ticket. Finally, you get a Noon kickoff so you don’t have any time to tailgate.
After the game the Athens Police in all their wisdom won’t let you drive around the town or leave the way you want to. Everyone is sent in the same direction.
I have been going to UGA games for over 30 years and I think the experience is getting worse and the cost higher.

Old Boy

March 3rd, 2012
1:40 pm

As a poor military guy with tons of friends at UGA, I attended several games in the student section despite not being a UGA student. My tickets were purchased from students, generally the night before at one of the downtown bars. UGA games are going to have scalpers. The only question is whether the money on top of the ticket price is going to a student, one at a time (resulting in a student making up to $50) or going to some scalpers, at near unlimited quantities. On one hand, we are allowing more people to see the games and filling our student section with young, die-hard fans and in the other we are making scalpers richer and giving them more incentive to scalp tickets.