December 3, 1998
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — The University of Miami held its final regular-seasonpractice today at Greentree Practice Field.RThe Hurricanes (7-2,5-2) worked out for 90 minutes in shells in preparation for Saturday’sfinale with No. 3 UCLA (10-0, 8-0) in the Orange Bowl at 2:00.
“Today was in the upper echelon of Thursday practices this season,”said coach Butch Davis. “There wasn’t a lot of rah-rah, which I thinkis good. You should never have to get yourself up to play a game,especially against a quality opponent like UCLA. I want practiceto be sharp and efficient, and I thought that’s how we practiced today.”
Davis announced that sophomore right cornerback Leonard Myers(knee) will not start but will be available, and that senior fullback NickWilliams (broken left pinky) should start. The Hurricanes leadingreceiver Reggie Wayne suffered a season ending left knee anterior cruciateligament injury last week in practice and is expected to miss 6-8 months.UM hopes to rebound from last week’s 66-13 loss to Syracuse.Since 1979 the Canes are 10-0 in games following losses of 20- or morepoints.
Saturday’s contest will be televised nationally by ESPN at 2:00.Game tickets are available at the UM ticket office and all TicketMasterlocations, or can be ordered by phone at 1-800-GO-CANES. Day of gametickets can be purchased at the Orange Bowl South Plaza beginning at 10:00,and at all Plazas at 12:00. “Canes & You for $42” ticket packages,including 5 general admission tickets, 5 game programs, and 5 soft drinksare also available in advance, or at the West Ticket Plaza of the OrangeBowl on game day.
The ESPN College Game Day crew of Chris Fowler, Lee Corso andKirk Herbsteit will be broadcasting live from Touchdown Alley in the eastendzone of the Orange Bowl on Saturday from 11:00-12:00 Fans areencouraged to come out and be a part of the show’s live audience.Gates to Touchdown Alley open at 10 a.m.
INJURY REPORT: There were no new injuries reported.