"That includes some we've sold that goes to military folks," Parsons said. "You always hope for more, but you also look at the Jan. 4 date as a challenge. It's not that it's a Wednesday, but that it's after the holidays.
"It's a great bowl and experience for the players. We love the amenities of south Florida, but it's hard for people to travel after the holidays."
Another challenge has been to compete against ticket agents.
"That's a challenge too," Parsons said. "I don't know how to deal with that. I guess the unused tickets go there. That's how they unload them."
Monday's weather in south Florida was beautiful, with a high near 80 degrees. But the weather in south Florida is supposed to turn south, with a high of 60 on Tuesday and a chilly night expected at game time on Wednesday.
WVU receivers coach Shannon Dawson is hoping that helps his team's underdog efforts.
"It ain't gonna hurt us," Dawson said. "If you watched our [away] Rutgers game, it was the worst conditions: sleet, snow, freezing wind ... These kids here, cold doesn't bother them. It might help us."
WVU won that game 41-31.
Among those expected to be in attendance at Wednesday's game is ex-WVU player and current Miramar High coach Damon Cogdell, who helped shape such current Mountaineers as Smith, Stedman Bailey and Ivan McCartney.
"He did a great job preparing us," Bailey said. "He played at the collegiate level and even in the pros, so he knows what's going on. Did a great job of preparing us, working us out. He showed us the ropes. He was pretty much like a father figure to us.
We soaked in all the information he gave us about the college experience and so far it's all been true."
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