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Fri., Jan. 26, 2007, 5:56 p.m.

Columnist Boling: Akey Isn’t Anyone’s Door Mat

Full column here (courtesy of Jim Meehan/Idaho Vandals)

The T-shirts, bearing a huge likeness of Dennis Erickson’s smiling face, cropped up all over town about a year ago. These days, some University of Idaho football players have found creative uses for the shirts. The most popular is to slip them over their apartment doormats, with Erickson’s face staring upward, so they can regularly wipe their shoes on him. True story. Robb Akey now faces some obvious challenges as new coach of the Idaho Vandals, like keeping them from being Western Athletic Conference doormats, while opening the season against a potentially devastating opponent – USC. His new job as head coach at Idaho marks Robb Akey’s fourth coaching stop over two decades. Even more to the heart of what Akey has to achieve is the challenge of convincing his players a head coach doesn’t have to be a man whose commitment is temporary, whose word is without meaning, and whose image is worthy only of scraping off shoe grime -- Dave Boling/Tacoma News-Tribune.

Two Questions: What affect will the shameless lying of ex-UI football coach Dennis Erickson (and too many others like him) have on young men playing college football? And ... what idiot agreed to open next season against USC?

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.