ESPN contract runs through '07
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By Stephen Tsai
Advertiser Staff Writer
WAILUKU, Maui ESPN has reached an agreement to extend its coverage of the Hula Bowl through 2007.
The deal gives ESPN exclusive television, radio and on-line rights to the collegiate all-star football game.
"We're happy to continue being part of the ESPN family," said Lenny Klompus, the game's chief executive officer.
ESPN has televised and broadcast the Hula Bowl since 1998, when the game moved to Maui's War Memorial Stadium.
During Saturday's game, Hula Bowl coaches and players will participate in a live online chat.
"It's an opportunity for viewers to interact with the participants," Klompus said.
So close: Five players have backed out of their commitment to play in the Hula Bowl. The no-shows are quarterback/receiver Antwaan Randle El of Indiana, defensive tackles Dorsett Davis of Mississippi and Wendell Bryant of Wisconsin, offensive tackle Shannon Money of Arkansas, and wide receiver Cliff Russell of Utah. Russell is a Campbell High graduate.
Scout's life: They wear golf shirts, shorts and suntans, and often carry nothing more than a pencil, note pad and cellular telephone.
But a football scout's life is not an easy one. For 18 years, Dwight Adams, vice president of player personnel for the Buffalo Bills, has criss-crossed the country in search of pro prospects. He said he makes 75-80 trips each year, although the bulk of his work comes from reviewing videotapes.
He said he will watch three videotapes of each player. With 250-300 players under his watch, Adams will review as many as 900 videotapes. After interviewing players and watching their workouts in all-star games and combines, Adams makes recommendations for the NFL draft.
While heights, weights and statistics factor in his decisions, Adams also relies on his ability to match a player's abilities with the team's needs. Adams encouraged the Bills to draft running back Sammy Morris and defensive tackle Pat Williams. When he was with San Diego, Adams got the Chargers to select running back Marion Butts.
Adams said he has learned to adjust to life on the road. "I've had my share of hotels, motels and fast food," he said.
Still, he remains enthusiastic. "There's always a trail, and when you turn left, you'll find another school with another prospect," he said.