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Idaho Vandal Suspended For Tweet

Update: Gesser: UI will visit in offseason possibly monitoring or limiting Twitter among players. Says Elmo's suspension was for more than his tweet — Josh Wright via SR sports tweet.

A University of Idaho football player who put out a tweet criticizing the school's athletic director for firing the head coach has been suspended from the team. Athletic Director Rob Spear told The Spokesman-Review (http://bit.ly/ToiasB) Saturday that junior tight end Taylor Elmo could eventually return to the team but says it “depends on how Taylor responds.” Spear fired Robb Akey Oct. 21, a day after the Vandals lost 70-28 to Louisiana Tech and fell to 1-7. Later that day Elmo tweeted that Spear's decision to fire Akey was in part to keep the heat off Spear. Elmo tweeted, “Fire a man to keep your own job???”/KHQ. More here.

Question: Was Idaho right to suspect Elmo for tweet dissing AD Rob Spear?

Akey Surprised By Midseason Firing

Robb Akey knew his Idaho coaching staff needed a pick-me-up after a 70-28 loss to Louisiana Tech on Saturday. So he called a staff meeting for Sunday afternoon to suggest some changes, find some bright spots and go over recruiting plans heading into the final four games of the season. Before he got to meet with his staff, however, Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear fired Akey. “I didn't expect it in the middle of the season. I knew we needed to win more games. We needed to win more — and that was an ugly game on top of it,” Akey told the Idaho Statesman on Tuesday evening. “I expected to be able to finish the season”/Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Should AD Spear have waited until season's end to fire Coach Robb Akey?

Akey: Uncertainty Hurting Recruiting

With athletic director Rob Spear still trying to piece together 12 games for next year, Akey acknowledged the uncertainty is having a “tremendous impact on our recruiting, our planning for the future, on everything.” The instability has most clearly manifested itself in recruiting. Akey said “there’s a lot of rocks getting thrown around” by opposing coaches about Idaho’s situation. The Vandals have a “couple” verbal commitments, he said, but others “who I think we have a shot at have been kind of waiting to see” what the schedule looks like/Josh Wright, SR. More here. (Moscow-Pullman Daily News file photo: Dean Hare)

Question: If you were a high school football player, would you consider playing for the Idaho Vandals?

AD Refuses To Discuss Ticket Shortage

Student ticket availability for the Nov. 12 football game against Boise State was scheduled to continue through Wednesday, but tickets were sold out by 4 p.m. Monday. Students were originally told they would be allotted their student ticket as well as the opportunity to buy two guest passes for $35 each. Lines started forming early Monday morning and extended outside the Kibbie Dome at points during the day before the final ticket was sold sometime between 3 and 4 p.m. UI Athletics spokeswoman Becky Paull said 5,400 tickets were allotted to students, up from the 4,400 that were originally made available, a change made in 2008. Director of Marketing and Licensing Nick Popplewell refused to comment on the topic and Athletic Director Rob Spear declined to be interviewed by a reporter outside his Kibbie Dome office, instead deferring to a departmental statement/Dara Barney, UI Argonaut. More here.

Question: Isn’t it cool that tickets to an Idaho Vandal football game are a hot commodity again?

Wright: UI’s Spear Reacts To BSU Move

“Well, it’s never good to lose any member,” he said while traveling in Boise. “When you lose an institution like Boise State, which has had recent BCS success, it’s not a good thing for our league. But one thing about the Western Athletic Conference, it’s been resilient. They’ve been through this many times before and we will find teams possibly to join the WAC. And what’s happened when teams join the WAC is they become better.” Spear said he “absolutely” hopes UI will continue playing BSU once the Broncos are in the MWC. “I think it’s good for our state, it’s good for both institutions”/Josh Wright, SR SportsLink. More here.

Question: Can the Western Athletic Conference get better without the Boise State Broncos?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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