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UIdaho Returns To Sun Belt, Big Sky

After four months on the job, University of Idaho President Chuck Staben remains undefeated. In racquetball. Staben, 55, issued a challenge to undergraduate students on the Moscow campus when he became president March 1: Beat him at racquetball and he'll buy lunch. He's 5-0 - and can only hope the football team enjoys as much success in its first days in a new home. "We don't want to be permanently 1-10," Staben said. Idaho's football program ends its one-year stint as an independent and joins the Sun Belt Conference on Tuesday. The Vandals' other athletic programs move from the Western Athletic Conference to the Big Sky on the same day/Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman. More here. (SR file photo: UI Coach Paul Petrino watches the game against Washington State unfold at Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash., last September)

Question: I'm psyched that Idaho has returned to stable conferences for its sports play, including the Big Sky, where the basketball team will be pitted with familiar Montana an Eastern Washington. Its' about time. What do you think?


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