The last Black Coaches Association Football Classic, matching defending co-national champion Southern California and Virginia Tech on Saturday at FedEx Field, is sold out, promoter Dave Gardiner said yesterday. Ticketmaster has a few suite tickets left, at a cost of more than $200 each, but all general admission and club level tickets have been sold.

Gardiner said more than 90,000 tickets have been sold for the game, in its last year of existence because the NCAA banned teams from playing "preseason exempt contests" after the 2002 season. The BCA Classic, which benefits the Black Coaches Association, was allowed to play two more years because of its television contract with ESPN.

"We didn't expect this kind of response, to be frank," said Gardiner, president of Blue Ridge Sports and Entertainment. "We expected we might sell 65,000 tickets, but the response has been overwhelming to a large degree."

Gardiner said Virginia Tech sold more than 47,000 tickets, while Southern Cal sold 11,000 through its ticket office. The rest of the tickets were sold to the general public and a few thousand complimentary tickets went to the schools and corporate sponsors. Each school is guaranteed $600,000 each, and the BCA will receive 25 percent of the game's revenue.

"We're very, very pleased with the response from the Hokie Nation," said Virginia Tech Athletic Director Jim Weaver.

-- Mark Schlabach