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Mark Richt gives Hurricanes an earful during Orange Bowl preparations for Wisconsin

The Miami Hurricanes gather for a chat with coach Mark Richt after stretching during the first day of media availability as the Canes prepare for Wisconsin in the Capital One Orange Bowl.
The Miami Hurricanes gather for a chat with coach Mark Richt after stretching during the first day of media availability as the Canes prepare for Wisconsin in the Capital One Orange Bowl. Susan Miller Degnan

Can’t blame the Hurricanes too much for what appeared to be a somewhat sleepier, slower-than-usual bunch Tuesday during their second day of practice (first for media availability) at Greentree Field for the Capital One Orange Bowl.

The Canes are nearing the end of UM final exams, their schedules have been off from what they’ve grown accustomed to the past three months or so, and … well, that’s about it. We only see a combined 15 minutes or so of stretching and drills.

But no more excuses.

Miami (10-2) meets Wisconsin (12-1) at 8 p.m. Dec. 30 at Hard Rock Stadium, and UM coach Mark Richt let them know in their post-stretch team huddle that the Big Ten was coming to town.

“You’ve gotta earn the right to win this game,” Richt told his players, using a couple choice words enough times to make me scrap at least two videos I had started.

Quarterback Cade Weldon wore No. 12 to simulate 6-4, 215-pound Wisconsin sophomore quarterback Alex Hornibrook (2,386 passing yards, 21 touchdowns, 15 interceptions this season).

Everyone seemed to be at practice, and no one was working out on the sidelines.

UM coach Mark Richt addresses media after bowl practice on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, to prepare for Wisconsin.

Richt told WQAM on Monday that the players “are going to be finishing up academic projects’’ and “studying for tests.”

He said that the players have been working out with strength and conditioning coach Gus Felder to stay in condition “and maybe work all the soreness out and get a little bit stronger this time of year. You’ve got a chance to get a little strength gain, which is unusual in the season.”

▪  The Canes, the Orange Bowl’s home team per affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference, will arrive at the Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood by 8 p.m. Christmas. UM’s practice site will be Nova Southeastern University.

▪ The Badgers are scheduled to arrive at Miami International Airport at 4 p.m. Sunday and will practice at Barry University.

Will be back later with more.

Miami Hurricanes coach Mark Richt gathers his players after stretch on Tuesday during practice for the Orange Bowl.

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