Earlier this week, there were indications that the temperature might drop into the 20's with a chance of snow flurries. But as late as Friday morning the weather is expected to be closer to 40 degrees with the possibility of a little sun.
But Gary Collins is playing it safe.
Collins, the Hurricanes' assistant equipment manager, said he would take thermal long sleeves, hand warmers, thermal pants for the coaching staff and body suits on the trip in order to keep the team warm during the games.
Additionally, the Hurricanes will have warm-air benches on the sidelines. The benches, which the team rents from a company in New Jersey, circulate warm air through the seat and legs.
"We're going to prepare for a worse-case scenario," said Collins, who has been with the Hurricanes since 1995. "But I don't think the weather is going to be that bad."
Collins recalls when the Hurricanes practiced in 20 degree temperature with a (-20) wind chill in New Orleans before playing Florida in the 2001 Nokia Sugar Bowl. Collins also said that a 1995 trip to Virginia Tech was the ‘coldest' he's ever been during a came.
BETWEEN THE HASHMARKS: Freshman defensive back Glenn Sharpe, who has a strained knee, has practiced the last several days and will be available to play against Rutgers. "He's been humbling a little bit but hopefully he'll be ok," said Coker..Coker joked after the last-opening practice- on Thursday- that ‘nobody missed any meetings' and there were no players reprimanded for the game..Coker indicated that Andre Johnson and Kellen Winslow, Jr. will be part of the kickoff coverage in place of injured Carl Walker and Buck Ortega..Jonathan Vilma and Eric Winston practiced on the kickoff return team on Thursday.
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