Wollschlager, Canes Headed to Boise

Players, pack your winter coats. The University of Miami Hurricanes accepted an invitation Wednesday to the MPC Computers Bowl on December 31. The Hurricanes will play the Nevada Wolfpack (8-4) of the Western Athletic Conference.

Boise has an average high temperature of 37 degrees in December. Boise State's Bronco Stadium is famed for its blue turf.

"I think I might have bought a jacket last year in Atlanta, but I got to go back home and find it," center Anthony Wollschlager said.

"I have never played in snow. The coldest game I have played in was the Pittsburgh game a couple of years ago. That game was pretty darn cold, but there was no snow on the ground."

In wake of Larry Coker's firing, Wollschlager described the situation as "tough, but a business decision that the players all understand." Coker will coach the team in Boise for the bowl.

"The mood of the team is we are just trying to go out there and win another game," Wollschlager said. "The bottom line is he has to coach one more game and we have to go out there and play and we are not going to give up. Just because he is not the coach here next year does not give us a free pass to not play hard in this game."

Despite UM's 6-6 record, Wollschlager believes the team is closer to being successful than people think. In four of Miami's six losses, the Hurricanes lost by seven points or less.

"I think we are close," Wollschlager said. "We lost many games by just three points or by a touchdown. We were so close a lot of the time that our own mistakes killed us. We committed a lot of stupid penalties and turnovers—things we were not coached to do. We were close, but yet far away."

While UM is used to playing in bowl games with more prestige, Wollschlager says it will not be hard for UM to get motivated to play in the MPC Computers Bowl. The game will be Wollschlager's final game as a Hurricane, and that is motivation enough for him.

"We are going to play, so we have to go out and do our job. Motivated? I am excited. As a senior I am able to put on my Miami Hurricane helmet and pads one more time and go out there and play with all my brothers."

David Lake can be reached at lake@canestime.com

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