Posts tagged: Robb Akey
The Idaho State Board of Education approved new six-figure contracts for the Boise State University (BSU) basketball coach and the University of Idaho’s football coach during a board meeting Thursday. BSU’s Leon Rice (formerly an assistant at Gonzaga) will make a base salary of $400,000 for the next five years, plus incentives that could add up to an additional $70,000 a year if the team wins the NCAA basketball championship and players’ academic progress ranks highly. … The U of I’s Robb Akey will earn an average of more than $375,000 during the next five football seasons, with incentives that could add up to another $158,000 a year for various achievements including winning seven games in a season, being named national coach of the year, or finishing in the Top 25 ESPN/USA Today poll/Brad Iverson-Long, Idaho Reporter. More here. (SR File Photo: Dan Pelle, of Leon Rice, left, as an assistant coach for Gonzaga’s Mark Few.)
Question: Do you agree with the amount of pay that Robb Akey and Leon Rice will be getting to coach teams at UI & BSU, respectively?
Josh Wright/SR SportsLink (via Twitter): Robb Akey on changes to WAC: “If we replace (BSU) with Notre Dame, I think we’re going to be perceived as a pretty strong conference.” Akey, of course, was joking about Notre Dame. But he does see WAC adding another school. Also worried about losing La. Tech down the line. … Also, Josh reports: Rob Spear says UI’s non-conference schedule is booked through 2012. Playing BSU “will have to be in the future.” So no UI-BSU until 2013.
Question: Should Idaho do all it cans to schedule games with Boise State after 2012? Or should UI quit trying to play keep-up w/the Broncos and look elsewhere for nonconference foes?
“As much as I hate to lose any scholarships, we cannot let a rule I struggle with hold us hostage and keep us from running a strong program,” Akey said in an Idaho release. “Our APR will continue to improve. I believe we are doing a good job of managing it.” Two years ago, the Vandals operated with 76 scholarships – nine below the maximum of 85 – after Akey had booted nearly 20 players from the team following his arrival prior to the 2007 season. While announcing his ’08 recruiting class, the coach was critical of the system the NCAA set up because UI was being punished for trying to clean up the program. “This is not what this rule, I don’t think, was intended to do,” Akey said then/Josh Wright, SR SportsLink. More here.
Question: Is there any question that the Idaho Vandals are better off today, competitively and academically, than they were before Robb Akey took over as football coach. Should the NCAA factor that in before taking away scholarships?
Sam: Tonight, the Vandals saw both a win and a loss. Mike Iupati is an amazing athlete and a mature young adult who deserves the accolades and should be a standard bearer for what it means to be a respectful college athlete that kids can look up to. But also tonight, the Vandal athletics department showed up petty and unprofessional they can be by denying an interview with coach Robb Akey to Vandal Nation, the blog run by Travis Mason-Bushman, a University of Idaho Argonaut reporter who also happens to have nearly 5,000 (you read that right) people following his coverage of all things Vandal Sports at any given time. Full comment here.
Question: Does Robb Akey and the UIdaho sports department owe loyal Vandal Nation an apology for refusing an interview after Mike Iupati was drafted by the 49ers?
Howard Martinson: Seems like my beloved Cougs are irrelevant in NCAA football these days. Other than the fact that everyone can mark up their Coug game as a win. Maybe CdA HS or LC HS could beat up on the Cougs these days. No, I don’t get tired of the Coug jokes. I change the names and make it all about the UW dirtyfilthystinkingdogs. When, pray tell, can we get Robb Akey back in Pullman where he belongs? Or maybe Mike Price.
Question: Do you think successful Idaho Vandal football coach Robb Akey will return to coach WSU someday?