Here’s how the giveaway works: Students can attend football games for free thanks to the student fees they pay each semester. They scan personalized tickets when entering the stadium, and in the fourth quarter, a random student’s name is selected from those who arrived before kick-off. That student has five minutes to claim $5,000 in scholarship money. If no one appears at the designated spot after five minutes, a second name is announced. If that student doesn’t claim the money, a third name is called. On the third try, if no one comes forward, the scholarship is carried over to the next home game, when a student will have a chance to win $10,000.
Believe it or not, that’s not the pathetic part. This is.
But $10,000 is the maximum. In the case of the game against Ohio State this coming Saturday, two home games have passed without anyone claiming the scholarships. The money on Saturday, however, will remain at $10,000 instead of rising to $15,000.
So far, there have been five home games, and only two students have been present to win the money, which came from a $30,000 private donation divided between the six home games.
That’s like the old joke about the guy who left two Falcons tickets under his windshield wiper blade when he went in to shop at the mall, only to come back out and find four there.