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November 16, 1998

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Due to a shortwork week the 22nd-rankedUniversity of Miami Hurricanes held a rare Monday practice today.TheCanes (6-2, 4-1) worked out for two-hours in full pads at Mark LightStadium in preparation for Thursday night’s BIG EAST contest againstPittsburgh (2-7, 0-5).

Practicing on its usualoff-day, Miami held a spirited session.

“Today was a real good practice, especially from an intensity aspect,”commented coach Butch Davis, who also warned that the Hurricanes cannotafford to take the Panthers lightly.

“Pittsburgh has a very talenteddefense. At one time they wereeighth in the nation in total defense, and that was after a significantamount of the season. They have many of the same guys playingondefense that we faced last year when we were forced into a lot of mentalmistakes because of the various stem packages they presented.We haveour work cut-out for us in preparing, especially with a short week.Theone advantage is that we are at home and do not have to travel.”

Because of the short week,Hurricane Hotline, the two-hour,weekly call-in show featuring Davis and athletic director Paul Dee,willtake place Tuesday night. The Hotline is conducted on locationat theLonghorn Steakhouse, 1630 N.W. 87th Ave. (a.k.a. Galloway) and canbeheard on WINZ, 940 AM, Miami, from 6-8 p.m.

The Butch Davis TV Showwill be taped on campus Friday andtherefore will not be open to the public. The program will bebroadcastSaturday at 11:30 a.m. on WPLG (Channel 10) and SportsChannel Florida.

Ibis Beanie Dolls, complimentsof First Union National Bank,will be given away to the first 4,000 fans bringing four or more cannedgoods to the game. Collection bins will be located at all OrangeBowlStadium plazas as the UM athletic department collects canned goodsforthe Daily Bread Food Bank.

Tickets for Thursday night’sgame can be purchased at the UMticket office, all TicketMaster locations, or by calling 1-800-GO-CANES.