Miami football first three practices at night, all interview virtual

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 13: . (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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The Miami football program released news on Wednesday that they will begin practice on Friday night and continue in the evening through Sunday. Practices will be closed to the media and public and interviews will be conducted virtually.

The Miami football program will begin training camp on Friday night with practice commencing at 6:30. The Hurricanes will continue with evening practices through Sunday night. Media and the public will not be allowed at practice and all interviews will be conducted virtually. With the Covid-19 pandemic, all of this was expected.

Miami will begin their season between September 7-12 with a revised schedule. The Hurricanes were initially scheduled to begin their season September 5 against Temple. The Atlantic Coast Conference revised schedules with conference games being increased from eight to 10 and non-conference games being reduced to one.

Miami athletic director Blake James stated last month that Miami will play one of their first three originally scheduled non-conference games against Temple, Wagner, or UAB. The Hurricanes previously scheduled game at Michigan State on September 26 was canceled when the Big 10 eliminated 2020 non-conference games.

The dates and times for the revised 2020 schedule have not been announced by the ACC yet. Miami had their game at Duke dropped from their original 2020 schedule with games at Clemson, Louisville and North Carolina State added. Games at Georgia Tech and Virginia were changed to Hard Rock Stadium.

The Miami games scheduled at Florida State, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest and at home against North Carolina and Pittsburgh remain with the dates and times to be announced. The ACC also eliminated the Atlantic and Coastal Divisions for 2020. The Coastal was expected to be competitive.

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Depending on the media outlet, Miami, North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech were all thought to be contenders in 2020. The Hurricanes, Tar Heels, Panthers and Hokies are all ranked in the preseason top 20 by 247 Sports. Miami’s games against all three of those teams will still be critical in the 2020 season.