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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 26, 2014

Is Chalich in or out? Don't ask the coach 

Idaho's bye week produced more drama than some of the Vandals' game weeks have. But during his weekly press conference on Tuesday, coach Paul Petrino did his best to snuff it out, refusing to address reports that quarterback Chad Chalich (above, in a photo from...

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SUNDAY, NOV. 16, 2014

FRIDAY, NOV. 14, 2014

THURSDAY, NOV. 13, 2014

SATURDAY, NOV. 8, 2014

THURSDAY, NOV. 6, 2014

Vandals take a step out of the Sun Belt

Ah, the November out-of-conference game, college football's favorite non-sequitur. Nothing quite gets the blood running hot like facing what should have been a September opponent two months later. The Idaho Vandals (1-7) step out of the Sun Belt Conference this Saturday but stay very much...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 30, 2014

It's deja Vandal all over again

Now where have we heard this before? After a bye week that gave them extra time to savor their first victory of the 2014 football season, the Idaho Vandals are deep into prep mode for a run at two in a row when they host...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 18, 2014

FRIDAY, OCT. 17, 2014

TUESDAY, OCT. 14, 2014

SATURDAY, OCT. 11, 2014

Vandals lose to Sun Belt leaders to fall to 0-6

Slow start? Check. Surrendering big plays? Check. Resilience? Check. Inspired comeback? Check. Killing interception? Check, and mate. The Idaho Vandals followed a familiar scenario Saturday, and once again came up short in a bid for their first victory of the season. Georgia Southern solidified its...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 9, 2014

Vandals' mountain only gets higher

Idaho and Georgia Southern are both in their first seasons in the Sun Belt Conference -- well, in the Vandals' case, it's their first season back after a decade away. But that's a long enough absence to qualify Idaho as a newbie, given that no...

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SUNDAY, OCT. 5, 2014

Another punch to the gut for the Vandals

They had the ball for 41 of the game's 60 minutes. They forced four turnovers. The quarterback had another 300-yard passing effort, and the running game was located for the first time since the season opener. And once again, the Idaho Vandals come home with...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 30, 2014

Defending option Idaho's next challenge

While he continues to exhort his Vandals to keep grinding and do the little things that should, in time, allow them to pull the program out of its losing spiral, Idaho coach Paul Petrino also has to develop some game-changers. He's found one in Austin...

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 28, 2014

Offense spins wheels as Idaho falls to 0-4

Idaho's defense didn't get all its problems solved Saturday, or even most of them. But the 27 points it surrendered, in the eyes of Paul Petrino, should have put the Vandals in a position to win their Dad's Day game against South Alabama. Only the...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 26, 2014

Converted QB McCain catches on at Idaho

Among the unlikeliest of breakout stars of the young football season, Josh McCain has become one of quarterback Matt Linehan's go-to targets at Idaho -- and a lesson in patience and flexibility in a college athletics culture where often the first reaction of an athlete...

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THURSDAY, SEPT. 25, 2014

SUNDAY, SEPT. 21, 2014

Ohio drops Vandals to 0-3

What had the early makings of another step backward for the Idaho Vandals turned into something else altogether. What it didn't turn into was a victory. Big plays by a pair of freshmen allowed Ohio University to hold off the Vandals 36-24 on Saturday in...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 17, 2014

Vandals turn attention to Ohio

It's one of those back-to-the-drawing board weeks for the Idaho Vandals. Confident they had something to build on when they came home from their season opener at Louisiana-Monroe, the Vandals instead find themselves picking up the pieces after a nasty lesson delivered by Western Michigan...

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SUNDAY, SEPT. 14, 2014

FRIDAY, SEPT. 12, 2014

Matt Linehan is a quarterback at Idaho, just like his father. (Associated Press)

Linehan family making its mark at UI . . . again

It was 30 years ago that Scott Linehan ascended to the starting quarterback's job at the University of Idaho, after an apprenticeship under Vandals legend Ken Hobart. Now he's the passing game coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys after several coaching stops in the college and...

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WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 10, 2014


SUNDAY, SEPT. 7, 2014

MONDAY, SEPT. 1, 2014

Vandals, Florida mull rescheduling options

They couldn't get the game played on Saturday night, which immediately raised questions whether it will get played at all. But an announcement on whether Idaho and Florida will reschedule the 2014 season opener that was first declared "terminated" and then simply "suspended" due to...

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