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June 27, 2014

FURFARI COLUMN: WVU football season-ticket sales approximately 26,000

MORGANTOWN — Stringing together some odds and ends about sports that may be of interest to you:

• West Virginia University season-ticket sales for the 2014 football campaign have reached approximately 26,000. That’s some 2,000 since the count of 24,000 when the renewal deadline was reached.

WVU officials are hopeful that the number reaches 30,000 before the season’s start on Aug. 30 against perennial power Alabama at Atlanta, Ga. ...

• In that connection, WVU recently entered into another out-of-state partnership with IMG Learfield Ticket Solutions. It’s a firm involved in privatized ticket sales for intercollegiate sports.

This is designed to add personnel to WVU’s existing staff, and hopefully, result in a boost of sales, especially for football and men’s basketball. Those two sports always have been the major revenue producers.

Unfortunately, the firm feeling among most Mountaineer fans is that greater success in both of those sports is needed to sell more tickets.

Isn’t winning really the top solution? ...

• With the poor predictions for West Virginia football this fall, it should be interesting to learn the reaction of its players and coaches if they read these early forecasts.

The Mountaineers have been going through strength and conditioning drills most of the summer. Even the coaches are allowed to spend some time with them. ...

• Mike Krak, who will be inducted into the WVU Hall of Fame in September, has a sister named Marie, who was a classmate of Dr. Brooks Gainer’s wife Suzanne in both Weirton High School and WVU.

The Kraks now reside in Florida and the Gainers in Morgantown.

“We went out together on our first date,” said Dr. Gainer, who’s retired after a 37-year medical career. He was a Washington Irving High graduate.

Krak served several years as Lakeview Resort golf pro ...

The question whether or not beer should be sold at college football games has arisen again in Texas.

• Texas A&M and SMU, former conference members but still state buddies, have reunited in multiple sports and will be meeting in football on Sept. 20 in SMU’s stadium.

As a result, the Texas A&M fans will have the opportunity at this game to buy a beer. It’s something that is forbidden at Texas A&M’s stadium.

West Virginia did not start selling beer at home games until two or three years ago. Some fans obviously favor that change and some question it. ...

Some short stuff:

• Morgantown’s Jedd Gyorko still is not playing baseball for the San Diego Padres. The second baseman has been on the disabled list with foot problems. ...

• Brett Vincent is now the head coach of men’s basketball at Chowan University in North Carolina. The Shinnston native and former Fairmont State coach graduated from Marshall University after lettering a year at WVU and playing two seasons at Robert Morris. ...

• WVU basketball coach Bob Huggins is back at work after his hip-replacement surgery. He has been conducting his annual boys’ camp this week.

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