Sense of deja vu for Canes as Richt takes over

Watching Miami’s 20-14 loss in the Sun Bowl to Washington State was like déjà vu all over again.

Almost nine years ago, the Miami Hurricanes found themselves in cold and snowy, Boise, Idaho for the MPC Computers Bowl.

Most people know of it as the Potato Bowl, played on the blue, smurf turf.

The memories of the Hurricanes’ stay in Boise were literally chilling.

Practices in the morning with the temperature 20 degrees. Players receiving gifts of coats, gloves and beanies and taking trips including sledding down hills. Many of them passed.

While Larry Coker coached the game, he had been fired weeks earlier. His successor, Randy Shannon, already on the staff, tried to stay in the background as much as possible.

Thanks to a pair of long touchdown catches, one by Sam Shields, Miami edged Nevada 21-20.

That was the Hurricanes’ last bowl win.