The Miami Hur­ri­canes

Miami shifts prac­tice north af­ter hur­ri­cane causes headaches

Orlando Sentinel - - FRONT PAGE - By Christy Cabr­era Chiri­nos Staff Writer

— who haven’t prac­ticed since Sept. 5 — move their prac­tice ses­sions north to Dis­ney’s ESPN com­plex amid storm woes.

CORAL GABLES — They’ve al­ready had one game can­celed, another post­poned and they haven’t prac­ticed in more than a week be­cause of Hur­ri­cane Irma.

But soon enough, the 17th-ranked Miami Hur­ri­canes foot­ball team will be get­ting back into their pre-game rou­tine ahead of their Sept. 23 game against Toledo.

Miami an­nounced Thurs­day that the team — which hasn’t prac­ticed since Sept. 5 — will work out at Dis­ney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Com­plex in Or­lando ahead of the Hur­ri­canes’ matchup against the Rock­ets.

The school did not an­nounce any specifics of when the team would start prac­tice, but wrote in a state­ment that the ath­letic department “made the de­ci­sion to mo­bi­lize the Hur­ri­canes to

Or­lando as cam­pus lead­er­ship and emer­gency crews con­tinue to as­sess the dam­age to the Coral Gables cam­pus.”

Miami’s cam­pus in Coral Gables has been closed since Sept. 6 and classes aren’t set to re­sume there un­til Sept. 25.

Last week, ath­letic department of­fi­cials al­lowed mem­bers of the foot­ball team that hailed from South Florida to stay with their fam­i­lies ahead of and through Irma. Other play­ers re­turned to their homes out of the area, while still oth­ers were evac­u­ated to Or­lando.

On Tues­day, UM spokesman Carter Toole told the Sun Sen­tinel all ath­letic department staff and ath­letes had been ac­counted for af­ter Irma passed through the area.

Now comes the work of get­ting that team to­gether again and be­gin­ning prepa­ra­tions for Toledo, which is set to host Tulsa this week­end.

The Hur­ri­canes, mean­while, haven’t played since their sea­son-open­ing 41-13 win over Bethune-Cook­man on Sept. 2.

Their Sept. 9 game at Arkansas State was can­celed ahead of Irma and their Sept. 16 game at Florida State was resched­uled for Oct. 7.

Florida State re­sumed prac­tice ear­lier this week, with coach Jimbo Fisher say­ing Wed­nes­day he un­der­stood the chal­lenge the Hur­ri­canes would face as they tried to get back into their rou­tine.

Fisher was the of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor at LSU in 2005 when Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina forced the Tigers to ad­just their sched­ule twice.

“There's two things that hap­pen with that in my opin­ion,” Fisher said. “One, the ac­tual not prac­tic­ing and play­ing, def­i­nitely be­cause it's been such a long pe­riod of time be­ing off and get­ting back in the groove, and ob­vi­ously get­ting your mind and body back in shape of tak­ing hits and not tak­ing hits and the ev­ery­day grind of that thing and the nor­malcy of it.”

“But two, some­times it can bind you and pull you to­gether. Like it did that year at LSU with the two hur­ri­canes. I thought it brought the team very much tighter to­gether. They un­der­stand that we have to face a lot of ad­ver­sity, and some­times that's also re­ally good.”

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Run­ning back Mark Wal­ton and Miami will prac­tice at Dis­ney for their Sept. 23 game vs. Toledo.

WILFREDO LEE/AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Head coach Mark Richt’s Miami Hur­ri­canes will work out at Dis­ney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Com­plex in Or­lando ahead of their Sept. 23 matchup against the Toledo Rock­ets.

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