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September 16, 1998

CORAL GABLES, FL–The University of Miami Hurricanes conducted a two-hour, rain-soaked practice at the Greentree Practice Field on the UM campusin preparation for their BIG EAST opener against the 21st ranked VirginiaTech Hokies. Saturday’s game will be nationally televised on ESPN,with an 8:00 p.m. kickoff at the Orange Bowl.

“I was pleased with the players focus in today’s practice,” said coachButch Davis. “The rain can be a really big distraction but todayit got our players revved up. We are going to have to be ready comeSaturday. Virginia Tech is starting a new backfield as far as thefullback and tailback positions are concerned. This season’s squadhas more overall speed, particularly the running backs. Lamont Peguesgives them a different dimension at running back and Al Clark’s mobilityis very lethal.”

After practice, Davis announced the return of sophomore defensive endQuincy Hipps who did not dress for Saturday’s 38-12 victory at Cincinnatilast weekend due to an accelerated heart rate.

“Quincy did return to practice today and will definitely see some actionon Saturday,” said Davis. “We have a rule that says if you do notpractice on Tuesday, you will not start. Michael Boireau will startbut he and Quincy will split playing time.”

Hurricane fans wanting to get an inside look of Miami’s preparationfor Virginia Tech are encouraged to be a part of the studio audience forthis week’s taping of the Butch Davis Television Show, and the live, weeklyradio show “Hurricane Hotline.”

The Butch Davis Show, which airs every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on WPLGChannel 10 and on SportsChannel, will be taped at The All-Star Café,960 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach, Thursday at noon.

Hurricane Hotline, a two-hour, weekly call-in show featuring Davis andathletic director Paul Dee is conducted on location at the Longhorn Steakhouse,1630 N.W. 87th Ave. (a.k.a. Galloway). The Hotline can be heard onWINZ, 940 AM, Miami, every Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

Season and single-game tickets for Hurricane home games are availableat the UM ticket office and all TicketMaster locations, or can be orderedby phone at 1-800-GO-Canes. “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.

INJURY REPORT: There were no new injuries reported.