Bossier City/Shreveport -- After being deplaned because of mechanical problems, changing flights, being delayed again, finally made it to Shreveport, home of the Duck Commander Independence Bowl.
It's 55 degrees outside and very gray -- no sun at all.
The media is staying at the Margaritaville Resort and Casino (any Jimmy Buffett fans out there?)
The Canes are at the Hilton in downtown Shreveport.
The Gamecocks, who arrive Tuesday, are at Sam's Town, another hotel/cassino right nearby on the Red River in Shreveport. You can view that hotel from some windows of this one. It's right across the river.
South Carolina, as you see, is staying in a resort/casino. The Canes are not.
That's probably good, right?
The Hurricanes are practicing today at 1:45-3:15 p.m. Central time (2:45-4:15 Eastern). We can watch the first 15 minutes of practice, then will meet selected players after practice at the Shreveport Conventon Center, which is part of the Hilton complex, I'm told.
UM is practicing at "Bossier Field'' at the First Baptist Church in Bossier City.
The Gamecocks, designated the home team, will practice beginning Wednesday at Loyola College Prep Messmer Stadium in Shreveport. On Monday and Tuesday, South Carolina will practice in Columbia, S.C. before leaving for the bowl Tuesday.
The Miami news before leaving was that 6-5, 315-pound offensive lineman Jahair Jones signed a National Letter of Intent to join UM's 2015 signing class.
Jones is from Edgewater, Md. He will begin the 2015 season as a true sophomore and plans to enroll in January.
Jones is listed as a three-star recruit according to ESPN.com and 247Sports.com. He chose Miami over Ohio State and Virginia Tech. This past season, Jones played for Brooklyn (N.Y.) ASA College. ASA finished 6-2.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN