Offensive coordinator salary: $118,000-$120,000. University of Hawaii football: Price-less

When Aaron Price was brought on as offensive coordinator in the spring, University of Hawaii football fans were hopeful this might signal an expansion of the Rainbow Warriors playbook because of Price’s propensity for the spread offense.

Maybe the writing was on the wall when head coach Norm Chow said last week he would continue to call the plays, and not the new offensive coordinator.

Now that Price is gone what does it mean?

We’ll see as practice, which started today, unfolds. If today’s session was any indicator, the team will throw the ball more in 2013 regardless of Price’s departure, as Chow promised.

Why did Price leave? Was he pushed or did he jump? Technically, he wasn’t fired, but from what I’ve been told Price was asked to leave. I don’t have specifics, other than one person close to the situation saying, “he wasn’t a good fit.”

If that’s the case, perhaps it is good that Price is gone now and not later, like during the season after some kind of blow-up.

Either way, it is definitely not good that UH remains on the hook for Price’s contract, which runs through March and is believed to be between $118,000 and $120,000 per year. At some point this school needs to stop paying people for not coming to work.


  1. JenLong August 2, 2013 5:58 pm

    stop firing people before their contracts are up and let them work for their money. the University cant afford it. Price has a good reputation and I’m sad to see him go before he get a shot. Of course, the underlying tone of this is fire all the non LDS. Seems that Coach Chow is hiring mostly LDS and if that’s a requirement of the job, that’s discrimination. But this is Hawaii, land of Aloha and until Chow has (another) losing season no one will say a darn thing.

  2. Aaron August 2, 2013 6:15 pm

    it really doesn’t matter who’s fault it was – UH needs to stop being “that team” that repeatedly shoots itself in the foot and embarrassing itself.

  3. HawaiiMongoose August 2, 2013 6:41 pm

    If “he wasn’t a good fit” for OC then he should have been given something else to do. It’s hard to believe no constructive role could have been found for him. Throwing away six figures when the program is in financial straights is appalling.

  4. forsurftoo August 3, 2013 8:15 am

    Now, who is going to call timeout?

  5. Giligan August 3, 2013 10:31 am

    Put Greenwood to work as fullback on the scout team, and Price as a Nutrionist.

  6. Manoa Kahuna August 3, 2013 12:22 pm

    The LDS thing is disturbing.

  7. todde August 3, 2013 2:01 pm

    What is LDS?

  8. GA Warrior August 3, 2013 5:48 pm

    And the train wreck under Chow continues, when are the university officials recognize that he is in way over his head. Let’s hope that the players can rise above his coaching and be successful.

  9. Former UH Athlete August 3, 2013 6:14 pm

    @Aaron, at least it’s not like anybody blurted out homophobic slurs like a previous coach did.

  10. hon2255 August 3, 2013 9:04 pm

    Are you telling me all the assistant coaches are LDS members? If so , I smell job discrimination, lawsuit . Norm , this aint Salt Lake City, Utah if this is true.

  11. JenLong August 4, 2013 3:23 am

    hon2255 5 of them are, the others I dont know personally.

  12. Pomai August 4, 2013 8:03 am

    Don’t know all the facts, so I will not judge. But two things, if they go 11 – 3, I don’t care who they hire, but 3 – 11 show him the door!!!

  13. Kevin August 4, 2013 12:40 pm

    Unacceptable. Where other programs are constantly under scrutiny for their budgets and belts get tighter and moved up to their proverbial “necks”, there is some kind of justification for a football coordinator to get paid for doing nothing?

    Pilau and poor judgement and poor judgement.

    So sad when other coaches at UH in other sports that actually contribute and get breadcrumbs in the end.

  14. JenLong August 4, 2013 1:57 pm

    all in the contract. Mac got paid for doing nothing. its not the first time and unfortunately probably wont be the last. in this instance, Chow should make good on the money he’s costing the university.

  15. Kate August 5, 2013 8:53 am

    Or maybe his personal issues have to do with him forgetting that he is currently married.

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