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September 15, 1998

CORAL GABLES, FL — Following afternoon rain showers, the University ofMiami Hurricanes conducted a two-hour practice in pads in anticipationof Saturday’s BIG EAST opener against the 21st ranked Virginia Tech Hokies.

The Hurricanes (2-0) hold a 12-3 advantage in the all-time series,although Virginia Tech has won each of the last three meetings. Thisweekend’s contest begins a stretch in which UM will face four ranked teamsover its next five games.

“Our players have been looking forward to this game,” commented coachButch Davis. “The last three games have been like 15-round heavyweightfights with each game going down to the final minute. Virginia Techis a very talented, well coached team. This will be a good test forour young team.”

The Hokies (2-0) are fresh off a 37-0 victory at Clemson – markingthe first time the Tigers have been shutout at home since 1979. TheVirginia Tech defense has not allowed a touchdown through two games, surrenderingjust a field goal, while limiting the opposition to 83.0 yards per gamerushing.

Sophomore defensive end Quincy Hipps do not practice today and is listedas day-to-day. Hipps did not dress for the Hurricanes’ 38-12 victoryat Cincinnati last weekend as a precautionary measure after having an acceleratedheart rate during the week.

“We had hoped Quincy would be able to return to practice today,” saidDavis. “We are still awaiting one test result. Everything elsehe has been tested for has come back normal. However, we are goingto error on the side of caution and not let him practice until he has completemedical clearance.”

Saturday’s game will be televised nationally on ESPN, with kickoffat 8:00 at the Orange Bowl. Tickets can be purchased at the UM ticketoffice, by calling 1-800-GO-CANES, at all TicketMaster locations, or ongame day at the Orange Bowl.

INJURY REPORT: There were no new injuries reported.