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A look at the Hurricanes

Miami started practicing for the Sun Bowl on Saturday.

It was the first practice for Notre Dame's bowl opponent since Randy Shannon was fired as head coach and offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland was installed as the interim coach.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said even though the Hurricanes are in a state of flux with their coach, he still sees a very good team that the Irish will have to face on Dec. 31 in El Paso, Texas.

"What you see is what you get," Kelly said. "Four down, they're going to come after you, athletic, they can run. From an offensive standpoint, when the quarterback is on, watch out. That has been probably the thing that they'll look back on the year, the consistency at that quarterback position is probably not where they want it. But when he is on, he's as good as there is. And obviously some skill all over the field."

The Associated Press reported that Miami quarterback Jacory Harris is in competition with freshman Stephen Morris for the Sun Bowl start. But Kelly said the Irish are preparing like Harris will start because there isn't much difference in the Hurricanes when Harris or Morris are playing.

"Their offense doesn't change a whole lot, depending on who the quarterback is," Kelly said. "Their systems are pretty similar with both of them. They probably do a little more with Jacory."

As far as Miami's coaching search, Connecticut's Randy Edsall, Temple's Al Golden, Texas Tech's Tommy Tuberville, and Marc Trestman, head coach of the CFL's Montreal Alouettes, are among the finalists, according to reports.