Crossing that bridge

June 23rd, 2013

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.

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