MINNEAPOLIS - University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill handed out hundreds of free tickets at an afternoon pep fest at the U of M Friday.
"As a football program, there's no question we need the students there," said Coach Kill. "There's nothing more important than the students."
The meet and greet was an effort to spur season ticket sales and generate excitement for another Gopher football season which begins Saturday.
University officials had hoped to sell 8,000 student season tickets this year, but have fallen well short of that goal. Currently, close to 4,500 season tickets have sold.
"For us to turn around the program, it's not going to take just one person. It's the whole community," said Coach Kill. "We need to do a better job of putting together a good product on the field, too."
In comparison, Michigan had sold more than 21,000 student season tickets by early last month.
The Gophers play New Hampshire Saturday at 11 a.m.
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