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Miami Has Intense Practice In The Superdome

Dec. 29, 2000

NEW ORLEANS (www.hurricanesports.com) – Day three of full-scale practices for the Miami Hurricanes featured extensive game planning as the second-ranked BIG EAST Conference champions continued preparation for their upcoming Nokia Sugar Bowl clash with seventh-ranked Southeastern Conference champion Florida.

The practice in the Superdome was Miami’s most intense of the week, to this point, although the players dressed in shorts with shoulder pads. As the team reached the midway point of game-week preparations, it was apparent that the Hurricanes are beginning to increase their focus and intensity on the task at hand.

“We’ve had great intensity all week, but today’s practice was noticeably more upbeat and intense than any of our other workouts since getting here,” said Miami head coach Butch Davis. “It’s been productive. We’re getting done what we need to get done. Working in the Superdome today was beneficial. It’s good to keep the guys out of the cold weather and it’s allowed us to be focused on our work, instead of the elements.”

Temperatures dropped into the 40’s in New Orleans on Friday with a brisk northerly wind making it feel even colder. Despite clear skies, the temperatures are expected to remain low for the next couple of days and the Hurricanes will practice outside on Saturday morning when the workout is conducted at Tad Gormley Stadium. That practice is slated to begin at 11:30 a.m.

Miami and Florida will meet in the Superdome at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, January 2, 2001, with a possible national title on the line for the Hurricanes. The game will be televised live by ABC and can be heard on ESPN Radio and via the Miami Hurricanes Network flagship station on WQAM (560 AM) radio in the Miami area.