The word from some who are good at estimating crowds is that they believe up to 20,000 of the announced 48,624 fans at the Citrus Bowl were Gophers fans. And the reports are that good progress was made on fundraising there for the Gophers’ proposed football facility.


Former Gophers football assistant David Gibbs coached the University of Houston to a 35-34 comeback over Pittsburgh in the Armed Forces Bowl on Friday in Fort Worth, Texas. Gibbs, who was on Glen Mason’s staff from 1997 to 2000, was named interim coach after Tony Levine — who lettered for the Gophers from 1993 to ’95 — was fired.


Former Gophers basketball player Josh Martin will transfer to Cal Poly, according to the San Luis Obispo (Calif.) Tribune. The 6-8 forward left the Gophers program in early December after averaging 1.3 points and 1.0 rebounds in seven games. Martin, from Bothell, Wash., is expected to begin classes at Cal Poly on Monday. If he does, he would be eligible to play as a sophomore next December and would have 3½ years of eligibility remaining.


• Former Gopher Austin Hollins is playing for AS Denain-Voltaire in France’s LNB Pro B league. Hollins is averaging 8.3 points per game.


The San Jose Mercury News reported former DeLaSalle standout Reid Travis is expected to miss a month because of a stress fracture to his upper left thigh. Travis had started Stanford’s first 11 games and was leading the team with 6.9 rebounds per game. “It’s definitely a big blow,” Stanford senior Anthony Brown told the Mercury News. “Reid is a big body. He brought a level of physicality.” … Former Cooper standout Rashad Vaughn is leading UNLV in scoring (17.9 points per game). Vaughn was named the Mountain West Preseason freshman of the year.