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Miami Hurricanes glad to play close to home


UM coach Al Golden was on the recruiting trail Sunday night when the Hurricanes accepted an invitation to play Louisville in the Russell Athletic Bowl.

Monday, Golden and athletic director Blake James finally got to talk about facing the Cardinals and former Hurricanes recruit Teddy Bridgewater at Orlando’s Citrus Bowl on Dec. 28.

Golden said the Hurricanes are excited about facing “an excellent Louisville team.”

“I’m sure all the other storylines will emerge in terms of guys that know each other, played against each other. That’s going to make it fun,” Golden said. “From a viewership standpoint and of course, a packed house there in Orlando, that’s going to make it all fun.”

Although the Hurricanes were also considered for the Chick-Fil-A Bowl in Atlanta New Year’s Eve, James said he’s happy UM is playing a few hours away.

“I told Steve Hogan, the executive director, all along that Orlando makes sense for us in so many ways,” James said. “It gives our fans a great chance to see the program and be a part of the state of Florida.”

• Former UM quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday in New York. … Offensive lineman Brandon Linder accepted an invite to play in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala. on Jan. 25.

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