I just don't think attendance would be that much different if we had any other AD, including one from a top school like Bama, OSU or Nebraska. Maybe one of those guys would do slightly better but overall I would think attendance would still be pretty bad.Since part of his job is to sell tickets, I’d disagree with this assessment.
That said, there are a lot of factors to overcome that are different than they’ve ever been, and a lot of ADs are struggling with the same problem.
There are some basic things he could do to fix the problem but that would “decrease revenue” and therefore are off the table. I’d like to see the u drop the seat fees and just charge the ticket price until the base begins to grow and winning is more consistent.
Maybe like the playbook, Coyle is saving that for next year when we’ll be good. Or is that the year after next? I forget.
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And like I said, we just had our highest attended game since 2016 and it was a Thursday night game against SDSU and Coyle was a big part of that. The $10 flash sale and freshman students getting in free really helped.
They've also done other creative stuff as well such as the gopher pass, the student app where they can earn discounts at restaurants if they show up and stay long enough at the games and they are giving away a free ticket and discounted guest ticket to all U faculty and employees for the GSU game. Like others have said, Coyle inherited Teague's price hikes which he discontinued and the last two years of gopher football have been rebuilding years. I think attendance will be a lot better this year.