Idaho athletic director Rob Spear will interview Washington State linebackers coach Jeff Choate on Sunday for the head coaching job, FootballScoop.com reported. In September, Choate — an Idaho native and former Boise State assistant — criticized UI for playing BCS opponents “for a paycheck” and suggested the Vandals should drop down to the FCS level.
Idaho interim coach Jason Gesser said Saturday that he expects to get an interview for the full-time job. But is Spear really considering Gesser for the position? Gesser's comments on that are below.
Gesser told The Spokesman-Review on Wednesday that we would love to stay Idaho regardless if he gets the job. In his post-game news conference after a 34-27 loss to Texas-San Antonio (read our story here), he was candid again about the process.
Asked what he expects after the season, he said: “That’s the question of the day, and that’s the question of the last month. We don’t really know. There’s uncertainty around this whole thing. From what I understand at the end of the season they’re going to be involving me in the interview process.”
Gesser then offered the possibility that he might only get an interview to make it appear he's a candidate. “ Whether it’s — I don’t know how to say this — just for being nice, just to say, ‘Hey, we’re going to interview you,’ or saying, ‘Hey, we’re looking at your for this job.’ … I’ve been told that I’m going to be in an interview process and so I’m doing everything like I said from Day One to try and go get this job. Obviously not winning a game so far doesn’t help. I really thought today was going to get us going, get us over the hump to help my case of becoming the head coach. But that didn’t play a factor today.”
Regarding his staff, he added, “It’s all us us, man. It’s one of those deals where we’re all trying to figure out what happens. And all we can do is coach these guys up as hard as I can each day … And when that day comes, we’ll find out.”