Dad Gummitt! 15,000 Tix Unsold For FSU Opener

While hawking a book the past couple weeks, Bobby Bowden has been lamenting how he was pushed out at Florida State after he’d repeatedly asked for “just one more year.”

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(Post-Bowden crowds: It’s all about quality over quantity)

That was actually the thinking when Florida State originally scheduled Bowden alma mater Samford for its home opener this Saturday. But with no Bowden, FSU fans apparently aren’t too keen on the matchup.

Sales have been so slow that FSU is partnering with local motels in a ticket discount promotion to lure fans to the game.

Motel 6, Best Western and Red Roof Inn along with other local establishments are offering cut-rate FSU tickets to non-conference home games in exchange for an overnight stay.

Andrew Carter of the ORLANDO SENTINEL reports of new Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher’s obligatory reax to the news:

The start of the Jimbo Fisher era inspired optimism among the Florida State fan base, but apparently that the renewed energy hasn’t translated into ticket sales.

Ben Zierden, the director of ticket operations at Florida State, said Friday that about 15,000 tickets remain for the Seminoles’ home opener against Samford on Sept. 4.

Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher expressed surprise when told the number after practice.

“I ain’t got no money to buy ‘em,” Fisher said. “Dadgum. That’s a lot of tickets.”

Ain’t joke by Jimbo.

Had he not been named head coach this season, he would’ve been owed $5 million by the university as part of his coach-in-waiting contract clause with the school.

Oh, wait, Fisher’s contract clause was for the 2011 season.

See y’all at Motel 6!