Folsom Field.
Folsom Field. ( Greg Lindstrom )
Colorado season-ticket sales for football surged slightly over the past month, but total sales are still down from the same point last year, athletic director Mike Bohn said.

Bohn attributes increased activity in the ticket office in recent weeks to excitement about the school`s future switch to the Pac-10 Conference and the fact that sales generally spike as the football season draws near.

Bohn and his staff budgeted conservatively for the 2010-11 school year, in part, because they anticipated a decline in football ticket sales coming off the program`s fourth consecutive losing season. However, the department is optimistic that sales could pick up if the team performs well to start the season in games against Colorado State in Denver on Sept. 4 and at California on Sept. 11.

The first of six home games at Folsom Field will be against Hawaii on Sept. 18.

Coach Dan Hawkins was asked this week if there was any message he could share with fans to help ticket sales for his fifth season leading the program. He said he has "all the faith in the world" CU fans will fill Folsom Field seats andsupport the Buffs.

"It`s important in recruiting and it`s important for the team," Hawkins said. "The fans have been really good here. They have. Even in `06 when we had a tough year they were great then.

"The issue you get into is the economy is bad for everybody right now. So everybody is kind of cutting back on everything. I think that is part of it, too.


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But our kids certainly need the support, our players need the support and the team needs the support."

Hawk on Kiesau`s deal

Hawkins called the school`s decision to give offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau one of its six multi-year contracts "awesome."

Bohn first pledged to reward Kiesau with more job security during the 2009 offseason when Oregon had offered him a job. The program also lost former offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich and offensive line coach Jeff Grimes to other programs that offseason and Hawkins said he has no doubt Kiesau would have left, too, without the contract offer.

"In terms of keeping him around, that was huge and that was great," Hawkins said. "Hopefully we can evolve to having similar situations across the board because that`s just the nature of college athletics and kind of what`s going on.

"People have to take care of their families and look at their long-term futures."

Colorado state law limits colleges and universities to six multi-year deals, which are generally used for administrators and head coaches. Assistant coaches in all sports have no real job security, which is often blamed for high turnover rates among assistant coaches in Boulder, especially in the football program.

Notable

Hawkins said he believes his team has had a "very, very good summer." He said strength and conditioning coach Jeff Pitman has been pleased with the results in the offseason program. ... When asked what areas his team needs to improve most, Hawkins cited improving the turnover ratio, running the ball, stopping the run and being more efficient with the kicking game and limiting penalties. ... The Buffs report for fall camp Aug. 4 and begin practices Aug. 5. ... Hawkins will travel to Big 12 football media days in Dallas next week with senior tackle Nate Solder, senior wide receiver Scotty McKnight and senior cornerback Jalil Brown.