The University of Maryland has sold approximately 15,000 season tickets, 3,000 more than last year, and could have capacity crowds for each of the six home games at Byrd Stadium this season.
And Coach Bobby Ross has been given a raise and contract extension, which will boost him to approximately $58,000 for each of the next four years.
Athletic director Dick Dull said, "We're selling an awful lot of season tickets, and we haven't even started our advertising campaign," Dull said. "Originally, I hoped for a 30 percent increase, but now, we're looking at hopefully a 40 percent increase over last year's total."
Byrd Stadium's capacity has been increased to approximately 50,000, Dull said, with the addition of 3,500 seats in the east end zone.
The only games that may be difficult to sell out, said Bof Stumpff, an assistant AD, are Virginia Oct. 1 and Syracuse Oct. 8. "But because Syracuse is Band Day and Virginia is Youth Day, those two dates are capable of reaching capacity" . . .
Six-time NCAA shotput champion Michael Carter, who less than two months ago said he was giving up his final year of football at Southern Methodist to concentrate on making the Olympics in the shotput, returned to the Mustangs football team.