August 11th, 2011 11:20 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Mississippi State, Ole Miss
Tags: Mississippi State, New Year Day, UM, Whether Boone
Yesterday we told you that Ole Miss had returned 2,000 of the 6,000 Egg Bowl tickets it had requested from Mississippi State. For comparison’s sake, while the Rebels bought about 4,000 tickets to the game in Starkville, State fans bought about 6,000 tickets to last year’s game in Oxford.
That looks to be a pretty clear sign that MSU’s fanbase — coming off a 9-4 season and a New Year’s Day bowl rout of Michigan — is more excited about the future than the Rebel fanbase, which is coming off a 4-8 campaign.
Not so, suggests UM athletic director Pete Boone:
“If we had sent back some (tickets) it’s never been many. I think the same with them here. So I don’t know if that’s a signal one way or to the other.”
Okay, but when you couple those returned tickets with the various UM fan groups who’ve formed this offseason to call for major changes in the athletic department, I think it’s probably safe to say Rebel fans aren’t in the best of moods these days. Whether Boone admits it or not.
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