Griese in, Manning
in the works
After landing Michigan QB,By Paul Arnett
Hula Bowl shoots for Vols' star
Hula Bowl directors landed Michigan's Brian Griese for the 52nd-annual college all-star game. Now they hope to convince Tennessee's Peyton Manning to come, which would give them arguably the best two quarterbacks in the nation.
"Archie Manning and Bob Griese are good friends who both played in the Hula Bowl," chief executive officer Lenny Klompus said yesterday. "It would be great for us if we could have both fathers and sons take part in the game. We think we have a shot."
In addition to Griese, running back and Heisman Trophy candidate Tavian Banks of Iowa and Ohio State running back Pepe Pearson are among 14 Big Ten players committed to play in the game on Maui Jan. 18.
Banks is the nation's leading rusher, and like Pearson, is a candidate for first-team Big Ten. Ditto for Griese, who is following in the footsteps of his famous father, who played for the Miami Dolphins and represented Purdue University in the 1967 Hula Bowl.
Griese is 104-for-160 for 1,217 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. He has 26 career touchdown passes and 16 interceptions.
Banks was the first player to rush for 1,000 yards this season. He has 2,304 yards and 29 touchdowns in his career.
"At this point, this is a stronger group nationally than we had a year ago, and last year's turned out to be one of the stronger groups in the history of the Hula Bowl," said Grant Teaff, executive director of the American Football Coaches Association.
Other Big Ten players committed to play at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku:offensive linemen Chris Brown (Illinois), Chris Liwienski (Indiana), David Mudge (Michigan State), Paul Janus (Northwestern) and Mark Fischer (Purdue), defensive backs Kerry Cooks (Iowa), Joey Eloms and Kywin Supernaw (both Indiana), and defensive lineman Casey Dailey (Northwestern), linebacker David Lysek and wide receiver Donald Hayes (both Wisconsin).