WSU Sun Bowl notebook: $75 top ticket price

A SEAT ON the 50-yard line for the Sun Bowl can be had for $75, representing the highest priced ticket for the Dec. 26 game in El Paso featuring Washington State vs. Miami.

Meanwhile, a ticket around the 35-yard line is priced at $67, director of ticket operations Paul Finn said on Cougar Calls with Bill Moos on Monday. (Moos was absent from the show, as was Jason Gesser). The run down from the radio show with host Derek Deis and Devon Thomas, director of WSU Spokane operations:

Finn said the deadline for CAF and season ticket holders to purchase their tickets, with the seated determined by CAF ranking, is Tuesday at 6 p.m.  WSU fans can log into their CAF account to make a purchase, or call 1-800-GO-COUGS.

Cougar fans wanting to join the CAF and get their tickets at the same time can call 1-800-GO-COUGS. The ticket office has extended their hours until 6 p.m.

Sun Bowl tickets go on sale to general public at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Finn said. 

WSU has tickets available from the 50-yard line to the end zone across the East side of stadium, said Finn.

Sun Bowl travel packages from WSU Alumni Association are available HERE.

Washington State chief of staff for football Dave Emerick said the Cougs will travel everybody, all scholie players and walk ons, for the Sun Bowl. (For a typical road game in the Pac-12, the visiting team may travel no more than 70 players).

Reiterating what Mike Leach said Sunday, Emerick said the first bowl practice would be Tuesday, with some of the coaches not in Pullman but instead out on the recruiting trail.  Next week is Finals Week but Emerick said they’ll try to squeeze in a practice or two from Dec. 14-18. 

Emerick said the Sun Bowl practices in El Paso will be open but noted it’s also a recruiting dead period, adding that the recruiting impact is the playing of the game.

Emerick reiterated what Bill Moos has said recently in that the first bowl game practices' focus will be on the youth, with lots of Thursday Night Football (Leach’s focus on the youth on Thursdays during the season to speed along their development).

Emerick was jokingly asked by Deis and Thomas if Luke Falk, Gabe Marks Joe Dahl and River Cracraft will be on the field for the Sun Bowl: "Well, I certainly hope so. How about you guys?” Emerick said.

--WSU will hold their second official visit weekend starting on Friday.  The in-home and official visits recruiting periods end, and a dead period begins, on Dec. 14 and lasts through Jan. 13.

--WSU opened as a 1 1-2 point favorite in Sun Bowl over Miami, with WSU now a 3-point favorite.

--Each Sun Bowl team will receive $2.15 million.  But after expenses are figured in with travel, purchasing any tickets not sold out of their allotment, etc., most schools do well to break even and usually end up in the red for mid-level bowl games.

--The Sun Bowl (Dec. 26, 11 a.m., CBS)  will be the first meeting between WSU and Miami on the football field.

--Washington State QB Luke Falk was a finalist in Arkansas today for the Burlsworth Trophy, honoring the most outstanding college football player who began his career as a walk on. Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield took home the award.

--Leach has picked up an extra $100,000 on top of his $2.75 million salary in recent days.  He receives a $25,000 bonus for being name co-Pac-12 Coach of the Year and a $75,000 bonus for getting the Cougs into a bowl game.

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