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Akey: I’m supposed to pay homage to BSU

It’s only Monday and already Idaho coach Robb Akey is making waves for comments regarding Saturday’s clash with Boise State. Read on to find out what he said. We also have an update on QB Nate Enderle.


The Vandals have lost 10 straight to Boise State heading into Saturday. That didn’t stop Akey from speaking his mind to reporters this morning. “My goal is that on Saturday night that I will be the least popular individual with every administrator within the WAC conference because we have taken the BCS hopes away from our conference,” Akey told local reporters. “That’s my goal and desire.” He made similar comments a few minutes earlier on the WAC coaches’ teleconference.

Before saying he hopes the WAC misses out on the money that would come with Boise State’s BCS appearance, Akey talked about reversing the trend of what’s been a lopsided rivalry: “This series has been more one of tradition. It was a Vandal tradition for a number of years; it’s been a Boise State tradition for the last several. It needs to turn back into a rival game. I know I’m not supposed to not to say that because I’m supposed to pay homage to Boise State. …

“As a matter of fact, it was suggested by some people that maybe we just treat this like a bye week and don’t even bother to play the game because we can’t touch them. But we’re going to be there. Kickoff is 1:30 (local time) so we’re going to make sure we get there by 11:30 so we make sure they can’t start without us. We’re going to pin our ears back, we’re going to get after it and we’re going to have a great time with this ballgame.”

Whether the Vandals will have starting quarterback Nathan Enderle available is “completely up in the air,” Akey said. He missed Saturday’s loss to Fresno State with a shoulder injury and was replaced by Brian Reader.

“We won’t be talking about any injuries this week.” Akey said. “Nate may be ready, he may not be and that’s the God’s honest truth. I don’t know what it will be. Whatever it is, we’ll have a hell of a quarterback on the field and that’s what I do know.”

Akey did say cornerback Isaac Butts, who has missed the last two weeks, will be back. Left guard Mike Iupati suffered a possible concussion on Saturday but Akey did not mention his status.


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