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The last couple days have been hectic.

There was a team meeting Sunday where Stoutland’s role as the interim coach was announced, more meetings Monday to get some academic details finalized, and plans are already in place for practices to resume _ based on which bowl the Hurricanes wind up playing.

Stoutland wants to stay, and knows that’s up to the next regime to decide. He said Tuesday that he fears everyone in the football department may be out of a job when a new head coach is hired.

So for now, all he can do is help his players, the other assistants, and himself through a trying time. The only thing that’ll soothe any ache right now is a bowl win.

“At the end, when it’s all over, it’s going to be sad,” Stoutland said. “I work with some great, great people.”

And he’s done so at the university that saved his life. Miami’s doctors fixed his heart, and Stoutland wants to mend the hearts of his football team.

“Our job right now, our mission, is to bring this group back together,” Stoutland said.