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CORAL GABLES, FL - OCTOBER 13:  Head coach Randy Shannon of the Miami Hurricanes walks the sidelines while his team takes on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at the Orange Bowl on October 13, 2007 in Coral Gables, Florida. Georgia Tech defeated Miami 17-14.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

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CORAL GABLES, FL - OCTOBER 13: Head coach Randy Shannon of the Miami Hurricanes walks the sidelines while his team takes on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at the Orange Bowl on October 13, 2007 in Coral Gables, Florida. Georgia Tech defeated Miami 17-14. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

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Coach: Randy Shannon, above

Staff: Patrick Nix (offensive coordinator), Bill Young (defensive coordinator), Aubrey Hill (wide receivers), Joe Pannunzio (tight ends/special teams), Micheal Barrow (linebackers), Clint Hurtt (defensive line), Wesley McGriff (secondary), Tommie Robinson (running backs), Jeff Stoutland (offensive line), Andreu Swasey (strength and conditioning), Stephen Field (graduate assistant), Dan Shula (graduate assistant), Cindy Abraham-Garcia (director of football relations), Corey Bell (director of football operations), Kevin Blaske (associate athletic trainer), Brent Blaylock (assistant director of football operations), Tim Harris Sr. (assistant to the head coach), Scott McGonagle (head athletic trainer).

Conference/division: ACC, Coastal

Conference titles: None

National titles: 1983, 1987, 1989, 1991, 2001

Radio: 1320-AM (Sarasota)

Web site: hurricanesports.cstv.com.

2008 Schedule

TonightCharleston So. 7:30

Sept. 6 at Florida 8

Sept. 20 at Texas A&M TBA

Sept. 27 North Carolina TBA

Oct. 4 Florida State TBA

Oct. 11 Central Florida TBA

Oct. 18 at Duke TBA

Oct. 25 Wake Forest TBA

Nov. 1 at Virginia TBA

Nov. 13 Virginia Tech 7:30

Nov. 20 at Ga. Tech 7:30

Nov. 29 at N.C. State TBA

CAN'T-MISS GAMES

Sept. 6 at Florida: The Hurricanes are going to find out in the second game if the swagger is back. Miami also had a big road game in the second week of last season at Oklahoma, and that turned into a 51-13 loss that set the tone for the season. The same thing this season is possible for the rebuilding 'Canes.

Oct. 4 vs. Florida State: New stadium, but the Hurricanes are hoping it's the same nightmare for FSU in Miami. As bad as 2007 was, Miami rallied to beat FSU in Tallahassee. Two teams that need to prove they are close to being back, but only one will.

Nov. 1 at Virginia: Miami beat only one Coastal Division team last year, Duke. This is the first big divisional road game, and a win would not only avenge the 48-0 disaster that closed the Orange Bowl era, but it would also give the Hurricanes momentum for the next week's home game against Virginia Tech.

2007 (5-7)

Marshall 31-3 W

at Oklahoma 13-51L

Florida International23-9 W

Texas A&M 34-17 W

Duke 24-14 W

at North Carolina 27-33L

Georgia Tech 14-17L

at Florida State 37-29 W

N.C. State 16-19 (OT) L

Virginia 0-48L

at Virginia Tech 14-44L

at Boston College 14-28L

Area players

QB Robert Marve (Plant), LB Colin McCarthy (CC Catholic), LB Kylan Robinson (Chamberlain), OG A.J. Trump (CC Catholic).

Dolphin Stadium, Miami Gardens

Capacity: 74,916

Tickets: Season tickets are available by calling toll-free 1-800-462-2637. Single-game tickets for all home games are available. Prices vary between $29 for upper deck to $75 for sideline seats. For the FSU game, fewer tickets are available and the cheapest ticket is $65 for upper deck to $125 for sideline seats.

Parking: Available at Dolphin Stadium. Parking lot opens four hours before kickoff and closes two hours after conclusion of game.

Directions: Take Interstate 75 South, then east to Interstate 595 East, south on Florida Turnpike to Exit 2X (Dolphin toll plaza), to the east side of Dolphin Stadium.

Rodney Page, Times staff writer

UMHURRICANES

MUST-WATCH STATS

Can they move the ball?: The 'Canes were 11th in the ACC in offense (315.1 yards per game) and scoring (20.6 per game). They're banking on freshmen quarterbacks to turn that around.

Is the new home sweet?: Miami struggled at home last season, losing three times. In its new home, Dolphin Stadium, it needs to establish dominance. It has its toughest opponents — Florida State, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech — all in South Florida.

Wrap 'em up: Miami lost its top four tacklers from last year's mediocre defense (in the ACC the 'Canes were ranked seventh in total defense and 10th in scoring defense). It needs some players to step up and bring back the tough tackling of old.

Miami at a glance 08/27/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 27, 2008 11:38am]

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