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Miami going to bowl in Boise

Larry Coker's difficult final season at Miami will end on the blue turf of Boise.

The Hurricanes accepted an invitation Wednesday to the MPC Computers Bowl, where they'll meet Nevada (8-4) of the Western Athletic Conference on Dec. 31 in Idaho's capital. It is the first meeting between the programs, plus Miami's first appearance in that bowl.

It also will be Coker's 75th and final game at Miami; he was fired last week after a 6-6 regular season, one that dropped his six-year record with the Hurricanes to 59-15 with one national championship. The school retained him for the bowl as it conducts a search for his replacement.

"We have a lot of young players, and I think a bowl experience will be very good for them," said Coker, whose team will resume practice in mid-December after final exams.

Also, athletic director Paul Dee confirmed defensive coordinator Randy Shannon - who is thought to have the support of players - is a candidate to replace Coker.

UF: Kicking around

GAINESVILLE - With the placekicking job up for grabs, coach Urban Meyer said Florida's struggles in that area might force changes in play-calling.

Meyer said the Gators might consider going for it on fourth down more.

"We're pretty close to that point. I've thought about that," Meyer said. "We've actually adjusted some play calls: You've got two downs to get a first down and we'll adjust the call.''

Chris Hetland is 3-of-12 this season and Meyer has opened up the kicking competition among Hetland, Eric Nappy, Jonathan Phillips and Joey Ijjas.

INJURIES: Tailback DeShawn Wynn (shoulder) and receiver Percy Harvin (neck) practiced for the first time this week. Meyer said linebacker Earl Everett (ankle) didn't practice.

Times correspondent Ian Fisher contributed to this report.