Crossing that bridge

Assistant coach Chris “Demo” Demarest’s recruiting pitch involves letting a prospect kick the tires and check under the hood. He will talk about UH’s opportunities, assets and shortcomings.

“Coach Demo told me how everything was going to be, and when I got out here, it was the way he said it would be,” cornerback Barry Higdon said.

Higdon is one of several newcomers who begins the so-called bridge program tomorrow. The program, which is open to all UH students, runs from tomorrow through July 31. (UH’s first practice of training camp is Aug. 2.) The program offers two three-credit classes, and enables newcomers to adjust to college while earning credits.

Higdon was a highly regarded cornerback from Chaminade-Madonna Prep in Hollywood, Fla. He was measured at just under 6 feet 2 and 190 pounds during his physical examination this past week.

“What made me pick Hawaii were the opportunities — football-wise and education-wise,” Higdon said. “I’m happy to be at the University of Hawaii. I’m going to humble myself, play hard, and do my best to learn under Norm Chow and Norm Chow’s system.”

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Here’s a scenario: You do a job for someone, and you’re paid $5,000 in cash, with the stipulation that you have to set aside money for the taxes. By Dec. 31, you’ve set aside …


The point is that only the okole-attentive actually set aside money. And that’s why it is time that UH stop including incentive clauses in contracts.

Several years ago, UH decided to spend profits from a bowl game on other needs. The result was the coaches had to wait a year to receive their promised bonuses for the team reaching the bowl. Incentives don’t work because: 1) Coaches want to win and they’re not working harder for the extra money; 2) if a team does well enough to trigger a bonus, a department that is always in the red is first using any extra revenue to pay off other bills.

So, UH should pay a coach more or pay the coach the same, but without incentive clauses, at least there won’t be any additional expenses.


  1. PONO June 23, 2013 7:44 am

    Foist again?

  2. Rodney June 23, 2013 7:54 am

    Imua Warriors!!

  3. 808bowler June 23, 2013 8:01 am

    Morning 808 welcome recruits! !!!!!

  4. chopsueyboy June 23, 2013 8:03 am

    Good Morning Tsai-kos!

  5. jm2375 June 23, 2013 8:05 am

    Good morning Tsaikos!

    Welcome to the new Warriors! Work hard in the classroom and on the field!


    BEAT USC!!

  6. koakane June 23, 2013 8:08 am

    godda morning yu’all

    aloha 808

    howzit, howzit, howzit tsaikettes, tsaikos, rainbow wahines and warriors

    share a quiet moments asking akua to bless da family and friends

    have a supa sunday

  7. pu'uwai June 23, 2013 8:13 am

    Aloha kakahiaka. Imua Rainbow Warriors!!!

  8. 3-Prong June 23, 2013 8:15 am

    Another laid back Sunday in Paradise.

  9. Redzone June 23, 2013 8:17 am

    Welcome Barry.

  10. Stephen Tsai June 23, 2013 8:20 am

    If anybody is wandering around Manoa tomorrow morning, the newcomers will be around the athletic department at 7.

  11. TKT June 23, 2013 9:03 am

    How’s Beemers training going?

  12. madeinhawaii June 23, 2013 9:06 am

    Unless you buy insurance against paying out any of the bonuses. You could budget for the insurance. Sort of like what they do in the game show business. Wonder how much that would cost?

  13. SteveM June 23, 2013 9:16 am

    Good morning everyone!

    Welcome Barry Higdon!

  14. Stephen Tsai June 23, 2013 9:17 am

    I think you could budget for the bonuses. But then you end up rooting against success to save money.

  15. Shoko June 23, 2013 9:18 am

    How about disincentives like a cut in pay if you don’t reach benchmarks like bowl games, attendance or academics. To me, that’s a stronger motivation to reach those objectives.

    Unfortunately, that’s not how the business works

  16. Shoko June 23, 2013 9:20 am

    Besides, these goals shouldn’t need incentives to be reached. They should be expected.

  17. SteveM June 23, 2013 9:24 am

    ST — Incentive clauses are OK if the base salary is low.

    Maybe they should be called “performance” clauses?

    Maybe we can throw in some free coffee too…

  18. Shoko June 23, 2013 9:24 am

    Someone decided he would evaluate every offensive line of the MW conference. According to that person, Utah State is expected to have the best o-line in the conference. Hawaii ranked number nine. Just have to take it for what its worth…something to read in the offseason.

  19. Shoko June 23, 2013 9:27 am

    I think Chow’s salary of 550k has incentives where he could make as much as a million in total if he were to reach all his goals.

  20. HawaiiMongoose June 23, 2013 9:27 am

    Aloha Barry Higdon, good to have you as a Warrior!

  21. 3-Prong June 23, 2013 9:54 am

    ST: Star Advertiser Best of the Best Poke. 1) Foodland (?) 2) Tanioka 3) Tamuras

  22. PolyMom June 23, 2013 10:09 am

    Question– My Mom who turns 90 years old wants to attend the USC game for her birthday. I would need to get a wheel chair for her to get to the stadium as walking the long way would be hard for her. ( two plates and 14 pins in her ankle). But she can

    walk to her seat with her cane. Is Aloha Stadium have good wheel chair access? I want to have her picture taken on the field at Ching Field on the H logo. Every year we take her to do a fun event for her birthday, hot air ballooning, para sailing, something fun and crazy.

    BTW my Moms nickname is Tickie after Tickie Vasconsellos.

    Do I need to make arrangements with the stadium?

  23. Kevin June 23, 2013 10:26 am

    Foodland poke better than Tamura’s and Tanioka’s? Is Fresh Catch even on that list?

    Who conducted the poll? Mainland visitors?

    B**** please!!!

  24. Kevin June 23, 2013 10:28 am

    3-Prong Says:

    June 23rd, 2013 at 9:54 am

    ST: Star Advertiser Best of the Best Poke. 1) Foodland (?) 2) Tanioka 3) Tamuras

    Sorry, i cant get over this.

    This is the dumbest thing Ive seen today.

  25. Shoko June 23, 2013 10:33 am

    22. Here you go. Hope this helps.

    Accessible seating shall be limited to wheelchair users, individuals who use mobility aids (crutches, walkers, canes, etc.) and individuals with mobility impairments and their companions. Each disabled patron may purchase one (1) disabled ticket and three (3) companion tickets. There are 424-wheelchair seats on the lower concourse level.

    Accessible seating options are available on the main concourse level. Assisted listening devices are available upon request at the Information Room located on the outer concourse, Section A. Guests with disabilities and their companions are given first priority for service at the elevator located on the south end of the stadium. Ushers are located throughout the stadium to assist any guest requiring assistance in locating their seats and stadium services.

    Aloha Stadium provides free wheelchair loaners for Guests that require assistance to their seats. Wheelchairs are located in the North and South First Aid Stations.

    Personal wheelchairs can be stored in the following areas:

    A. Main Concourse- South & North First Aid Stations.

    B. Upper Concourse Sections R and EE (Guests should provide a lock to secure their wheelchairs).

    The Box Office is open Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm. Hours vary on Event dates. The information line is: 808-486-9300.

  26. Da Punchbowl Kid June 23, 2013 10:34 am

    Good Morning Gangeez! 🙂

    Welcome to the Warriors, Barry!

  27. PolyMom June 23, 2013 10:38 am

    Thanks Shoko. It means alot to her to go to this first game. 🙂

  28. Derek June 23, 2013 11:43 am

    Is St. Juste here also?

  29. tommui June 23, 2013 11:57 am


    Welcome Barry Higdon!

  30. Da Punchbowl Kid June 23, 2013 12:01 pm

    Great article by the Blog Host on Taylor Graham in today’s SA. You can feel the winds of change a blowin’.

  31. gobows June 23, 2013 12:07 pm

    polymom, my father turns in 2 of his season tickets in exchange for wheelchair seating (the stadium resells his original seats), so your best bet is to contact the stadium to exchange your tickets for the wheelchair ones (we have noticed many fans using the wheelchair seats without getting the tickets).

    remember to bring a hat if you will be on the mauka side…5pm kickoff.

  32. WarriorNY June 23, 2013 1:32 pm

    Hello all,

    I hope everyone is doing well…


    If you’re out there, are you heading to NYC this week? I remember either late June or July but I’m not sure when… Shoot me an email…

    Take care all!

  33. 3-Prong June 23, 2013 3:33 pm

    Kevin re: Poke poll by Star Advertiser. Only thing I can think of is Foodland has more locations funneling more people who vote on this poll past the fish counter. Heck, is Foodlands fish even fresh? Tanioka, tamuras, fresh catch way better……

    …………oh, and Let’s Go Bows!!!!!!!!!!

  34. jm2375 June 23, 2013 4:14 pm

  35. Mike808 June 23, 2013 4:18 pm

    What’s the status on the Wr. V. Haynes/T. Polk/K.Kirkwood and A. Barker?

  36. gobows June 23, 2013 4:45 pm

    i hope the new guys know about the first 5 rule

  37. mike808 June 23, 2013 6:25 pm

    ammon barker in the house.

  38. mo808 June 23, 2013 9:17 pm

    Good Super Moon Evening Folks!

    Welcome Wishes to Barry Higdon!

    Go Warriors! Beat USC!

  39. Stephen Tsai June 23, 2013 9:46 pm

    Haynes, Kirkwood and Barker are here.

    Polk still is working on stuff.

  40. Stephen Tsai June 23, 2013 9:47 pm


    You are correct that Foodland freezes a lot of its poke.

  41. mike808 June 23, 2013 10:00 pm

    thanks ST.

  42. PolyMom June 23, 2013 10:11 pm

    Mahalo gobows.

  43. Pomai June 24, 2013 2:46 am

    It truly is shame that the spam has ruined this blog page.

  44. June 24, 2013 2:52 am


  45. SteveM June 24, 2013 3:00 am

    Just woke up with the munchies and noticed the light of the full moon outside. It is very bright.

  46. wafan June 24, 2013 4:36 am

    Good morning from America’s Heartland!

  47. wafan June 24, 2013 4:38 am

    I see the spamalama returned.

    It should be killed with a rusty spike.

  48. Slugger June 24, 2013 6:02 am

    Good morning!

    It’s a SPAM book…

    Welcome to Barry Higdon.

  49. Inyoface June 24, 2013 6:44 am

    It’s kinda weird when in 2013 a simple thing as spam is so prevalent. Maybe there needs to be some kind of profile and log-in for each user.

  50. gobows June 24, 2013 8:33 am

    when does the St Juste train arrive?

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