We've heard this before. UCLA's just a basketball school. We should be content with seven or eight win seasons in football. As long as we win in basketball, who cares what we do in football. Plus, nobody as UCLA cares about football right? Even if we had a great team nobody would show up because Los Angeles only cares about USC football. Hmmm, maybe we should rethink that?
Last season, UCLA football went a disappointing 6-6 in the regular season, played their rivalry game on the road and had only one marquee home game. That's a ticket selling disaster right? Wrong. The Bruins averaging 76,378 fans per game, a new school record. That number also put UCLA in the top 20 in the country in attendance. Then, as N noted, the Bruins drew 15,052 which was the second highest in the Pac 10. Nobody at UCLA cares about football though right?
Those numbers are great news, but I got some better news last week. I was at the UCLA baseball game and began talking to Associate Athletic Director Marc Dellins who said that they are going to set a new football season ticket record next season. He said it wouldn't even be close and they think they can top 85,000 in average attendance if the team can get to six or seven wins. Oh, but UCLA's a basketball school only, right?
P.S. Today (May 1st) means we are exactly four months away from the opening kickoff against Tennessee.