Darrell Hazel has yet to coach a single game in Ross-Ade Stadium, but that hasn't stopped the enthusiasm for Purdue football under Hazel, to the tune of more season tickets sold than last season already, at least according to Mike Carmin's twitter account.
As of Friday, #Purdue has sold 23,100 public season tickets. Sold 20,880 all of 2012.— mike carmin (@carminjc) May 13, 2013
So, that's an improvement of 3,000 season tickets for a team that has been stuck in neutral on the field and in a vast decline in terms of attendance.
That, no doubt, played a role in why Danny Hope was fired. Of course the 22-27 overall and 13-19 Big Ten records didn't help his cause either after four years at the helm in West Lafayette.
For the athletic department that has to be encouraging news that saw Purdue's attendance dip from just over 50,000 in 2009 to 43,588 this past season. I don't know about you, but that'll put a dent in the 'ol pocketbook of the athletic department if I've ever seen it.
The news coming out today also shows that Purdue fans will come out in droves to support winning football, they won't for mediocre that's for sure.
If this momentum carries on to the field the Boilermakers may end up making it out of the bottom of the conference in attendance. Last season they ranked behind only Northwestern in average attendance figures, falling below even in-state rival Indiana's average (now that's got to hurt).no comments