Insight Bowl TV, injury and ticket news

Mediacom cable customers won’t be seeing NFL Network on their channel lineup any time soon, but that doesn’t mean they are SOL for Iowa State’s Insight Bowl game against Minnesota in Tempe, Ariz.

Bowl officials will try to find a home for the game in the local markets before the Dec. 31 game. Insight representatives were in Ames Friday meeting with ISU officials.

“One of the things we’ll do over the next couple of weeks is work with the NFL Network to try and get better access in the team markets so that folks here who don’t have it can see the game,” said Insight rep Jay Fields.

NFL Network has had the rights to the game since its inception in 2006.

Mediacom does not carry that channel on any of its packages — and apparently doesn’t plan to.

“I don’t see that changing,” ISU Athletic Director Jamie Pollard said. “Whether there will be an oppoithty for the game to be seen over the air…I’m glad to hear they are working on it.”

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Pollard said half of ISU’s alotted 10,500 tickets have been sold since Sunday’s announcement.

This week’s freezing temperatures and record snowfall have probably helped spur sales. Are ISU folks hoping for another blizzard or two before the month is out?

“Personaly I hope not because I don’t want to have to eal with it,” Pollard said. “but if that’s what it takes to get people to go to tempe, then I am all for it. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.”

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Defensive back Ter’ran Benton is fully participating in practice activity and will play against the Golden Gophers.

Benton broke a bone in his leg during ISU’s Oct. 24 win over Nebraska. The sophomore totaled 36 tackles and two sacks this season, playing mainly as the Cyclones’ nickel back.

“He is back practicing and doing everything full speed,”  Coach Paul Rhoads said. “It’ll be exciting to see him back in uniform.”

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Iowa State’s trip down there in 2000 remains the stuff of legend in the Valley of the Sun.

The school sold 12,000 tickets to the game and at least another 8,000 — more depending on whom you talk to — were inside Bank One Ballpark.

“When people talk about the Insight Bowl and the growth it has had, the game everyone always talks about is Iowa State-Pittsburgh and how many people came from the state of Iowa to watch the Cyclones,” Fields said.

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