Friday, October 16, 2009


Part of a plan to trim at least $150,000 from the team’s travel budget, Miami won’t use a charter plane when traveling to face Central Florida on Saturday night, taking a caravan of six buses instead for the 3-hour trip to Orlando.

The Hurricanes will also stay grounded when they take the four-hour trip to Tampa to face South Florida on Nov. 28.

“It’s the same thing, at least when you look at the time involved,” Miami coach Randy Shannon said earlier this week. “We might even get there quicker, get home a little earlier after the game because we won’t be going through security and things like that. Get on the bus and go.”

Typically, the Hurricanes bus from their Coral Gables campus to Miami International Airport, a short trip expedited further by a police escort. Once at the airport, they face the same federal screening guidelines as commercial passengers, even though they’re flying on a chartered jet. It can take an hour or more to load the bags, load the plane, get everyone seated and get on their way.

Not this week: By the time the Hurricanes would have been wheels-up, they’ll be about halfway to Orlando.

“It shouldn’t be too bad,” linebacker Darryl Sharpton said. “Orlando’s not that far. I’ll probably just take a nap.”

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