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Call it resolution or call it compromise, but the big question dogging the Idaho Vandals into the first week of the college football season — who's the quarterback? — has been answered.
It's both of them.
More on the Vandals below.
We posted Paul Petrino's comments earlier. Below is our recap of Idaho's second fall scrimmage, with special focus on the muddied quarterback battle between Chad Chalich and Matt Linehan.
Also, a personal note: Today was my last covering the Vandals for the Spokesman-Review as a correspondent. After six years, I'm leaving to focus on my full-time job and my young family. It's been a privilege writing for the S-R, and I'm sure you'll be in good hands with my replacement. Thanks for reading and following along on this blog. You can find my story on Paul Petrino for the paper's season preview next week.
Paul Petrino went easy on his players Saturday morning, at least compared to what they're used to. Idaho scrimmaged just over 120 plays — instead of their customary 150-plus plays — over the course of about two hours in the Kibbie Dome.
Petrino's full comments to the media are below.
Idaho completed its second two-a-day of the week on Wednesday, and coach Paul Petrino was again happy with what he saw. In fact, he said the Vandals' morning practice session “might have been the best practice we've had since I've been here.”
The second-year coach was also in a good mood because a certain 346-pound defensive tackle has officially joined the team. Read on for more on that, and other notes from Moscow.
Videos courtesy of Idaho media relations.
The Vandals practiced outside Monday morning in the smoke-clogged air, then worked for about two hours at the Kibbie Dome. After the first two-practice day of fall camp, Idaho coach Paul Petrino was happy with how his team went about its work. “I thought we had great fire in the second practice,” he said. “You always do in the first one. Thought they came out in the second practice and worked really hard, and I was really happy.”
Petrino was also pleased with his quarterbacks' performance. Read on.
The full pads didn't go on as planned Thursday night, but Idaho still had a lively practice under the lights on its Sprinturf field adjacent to the Kibbie Dome. We have a full report from Day 4 after the jump.
The Idaho men's basketball team will make its return to the Big Sky Conference on New Year's Day against Idaho State. But before that, its schedule includes games against Boise State at CenturyLink Arena in Boise (on Nov. 25) and at Washington State (Dec. 3).
The Vandals, coming off a 16-18 season, announced their schedule on Wednesday. They open the season at home on Nov. 14 against Eastern Oregon — the first of five home nonconference games. They also host South Dakota State, Northern Kentucky, UC Davis, and Walla Walla. The schedule includes two out-of-conference home-and-homes — somewhat unusual in college basketball. They play at Northern Kentucky on Dec. 22 after hosting NKU on Nov. 29, and they play at South Dakota State on Dec. 13 after hosting SDSU on Nov. 17.
UI's full schedule is here. Last week coach Don Verlin announced his final signing of the 2014 class — Nahshon George, a 6-foot-9 JC transfer from Shoreline Community College.
The first day of Idaho fall camp went deep into Monday evening, and we're done filing our story. We've got an assortment of notes and quotes after Day 1 below the link. Read on.
The Idaho Vandals start fall camp tomorrow with a 6 p.m. practice. We've got a preview of camp, including the burning questions that UI needs to answer, and a boatload notes on players coming and going.
Read all of it below.
Paul Petrino got a taste of the Sun Belt football media day last summer after Idaho accepted an invite to the New Orleans-based conference. But on Tuesday, with the Vandals an official football-only member of the Sun Belt, Petrino and the rest of the UI contingent traveled to the Superdome for a more full-fledged media day experience.
Petrino was joined by center Mike Marboe and defensive end Maxx Forde in New Orleans to talk to the media. Check out below for some comments from Petrino on the dismissed Dezmon Epps, what he expects in 2014 and more. You can also watch an interview with Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson here. Benson referenced the addition of Idaho and New Mexico State — two of the four new teams in the conference — as a way to get to 12 teams so the SBC could have a conference title game. But it fell short of that goal and wound up with 11 football-playing members for 2014.
Read on for quotes from Petrino.
Center Mike Marboe and punter Austin Rehkow were named to the Sun Belt's first-team preseason all-conference team, while defensive end Maxx Forde was a second-round selection. The three Vandals were named Monday, the day before the Sun Belt's media day in New Orleans.
Marboe and Forde are seniors. Rehkow, a Spokane product, is a true sophomore who led the nation in punting average last year.
Sun Belt coaches picked Idaho to finish ninth in the 11-team conference over the weekend. Unanimous league favorite UL Lafayette had five players named to the first-team offense, including preseason offensive player of the year Terrance Broadway, the Rajun Cajuns' quarterback.
Arkansas State, picked second, put four players on the first-team defense, headlined by preseason defensive player of the year Qushaun Lee.
New Mexico State — voted last in the coaches' poll — had no all-conference selections.
Dezmon Epps, who was dismissed from the Idaho football team on Sunday for a violation of team rules, was charged in Moscow with misdemeanor petty theft after allegedly stealing $37.72 in groceries from WinCo Foods.
The former Idaho wide receiver pled not guilty on Monday in Latah County District Court and posted a $300 cash bond. He's scheduled for a pretrial hearing on July 29.
Epps was already on probation after pleading guilty and serving a one-day sentence for a DUI in April.
Read more details below the link.
Dezmon Epps, Idaho's most productive wide receiver last year, has been booted from the team for a violation of team rules, coach Paul Petrino announced this afternoon. He was arrested in April on suspicion of driving under the influence. In June, he was sentenced to one day in jail and two years' probation after pleading guilty.
Epps was one of the two fastest players on the Idaho roster last year, along with running back Richard Montgomery, and one of the best skill players the Vandals have had in recent years.
For our full story, read on.
In its first year back in the Sun Belt Conference since 2004, the Idaho football team has been tabbed to finish ninth out of 11 teams by the league's coaches. The preseason poll, released Saturday afternoon, had the Vandals just ahead of Georgia State and fellow newcomer New Mexico State. The three bottom teams were separated by a mere four points in the poll.
Louisiana Lafayette was the unanimous pick to win the league after garnering all 11 first-place votes. The coaches voted Arkansas State second, followed by South Alabama and Troy.
The Vandals open the season on Aug. 30 at Florida. The following Saturday, Sept. 6, they travel to face UL Monroe in their first Sun Belt game. Each Sun Belt team plays eight conference games, and this season Idaho misses UL Lafayette and Georgia State.
UI went 1-11 last year in Paul Petrino's first season as head coach.
Preseason Sun Belt coaches poll
1. UL Lafayette 121 (11)
2. Arkansas State 102
3. South Alabama 98
4. Troy 84
5. UL Monroe 78
6. Texas State 70
7. Appalachian State 47
8. Georgia Southern 44
9. Idaho 29
10. Georgia State 27
11. New Mexico State 26
The University of Idaho announced on Wednesday that it has hired Charley Molnar as wide receivers coach — a move that was first reported in early June by CoachingSearch.com. Molnar, the former head coach at UMass and offensive coordinator at Notre Dame, takes over receiving coaching duties from Vandals offensive coordinator Kris Cinkovich.
“Getting Charley to join our staff was a home run for us,” Idaho coach Paul Petrino said. “He has been one of the best offensive minds in college football. He is a great teacher of technique and details of his position.”
Molnar's hiring was prompted by the departure of offensive line coach Jon Carvin after spring camp. Instead of bring in an outside offensive line coach, Petrino moved Cinkovich from receivers coach to O-line coach (in addition to his role as offensive coordinator and assistant head coach).
In other news, Idaho center Mike Marboe was added to the Rimington Award watch list. The award is given to the nation's top center. Marboe has started 36 consecutive games — the fourth-most among active offensive linemen — entering his redshirt senior season for the Vandals.
Idaho kicker/punter Austin Rehkow was also one of 25 punters named to the Ray Guy Award watch list. Rehkow received All-America honors last years as a freshman after averaging 47.8 yards per punt and booting 34 punts of at least 50 yards.
Charley Molnar, the former head coach at UMass and offensive coordinator at Notre Dame, has accepted an offer to become the wide receivers coach at Idaho, according to Pete Roussel of CoachingSearch.com.
Molnar was fired by UMass in December after going 2-22 in the Minutemen's first two seasons at the FBS level. He served as Brian Kelly's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Notre Dame in 2010 and 2011 after working on Kelly's staff at Cincinnati and Central Michigan.
The hiring of Molnar, which Idaho has not announced, is likely the last in a series of coaching changes for the Paul Petrino-led Vandals. Offensive coordinator/receivers coach Kris Cinkovich took over as offensive line coach after Jon Carvin left the staff last month. Molnar will replace Cinkovich as receivers coach, while Cinkovich will still serve as offensive coordinator and assistant head coach.
The Vandals also lost cornerbacks coach Mike Mickens after the season. He was replaced by former NFL standout Ashley Ambrose.
For the fifth consecutive season, the Idaho football team will have a new offensive line coach this fall.
Jon Carvin, who held the post last season in Paul Petrino's first year as head coach, has left the program, the school confirmed on Saturday. He'll be replaced by offensive coordinator Kris Cinkovich, who will relinquish his role as receivers coach, FootballScoop.com reported.
Petrino is seeking applicants for the now-vacant receivers coaching job. In an online job listing for an assistant football coach posted on May 20, UI put the pay at $46,000 per year.
Carvin is one of two Idaho football assistants who have left this offseason, joining cornerbacks coach Mike Mickens. Two other defensive assistants on Petrino's original staff, Patrick Libey and Mike Anderson, resigned after spring football concluded in 2013.
Like Carvin, Idaho's previous two offensive line coaches — Gordy Shaw in 2012 and John McDonell in 2011 — lasted just one year. Dan Finn moved on after the 2010 season after coaching the O-line for four seasons (2007-2010).
Carvin's departure means redshirt senior center Mike Marboe will be under his fifth coach in five seasons at Idaho. Marboe told The Spokesman-Review in April that he thoroughly enjoyed playing for Carvin. “I love him,” Marboe said. “He’s a great coach. Playing for him, you know exactly what to expect and I’ve just come along, as well as developing my techniques that they expect from me and everything.”
At least with Cinkovich assuming the job, Marboe and Idaho's other linemen won't have a completely new face coaching them. Cinkovich, an offensive lineman at Spokane Falls Community College (1979-80) and Carroll College (1981-82), helped coach the Vandals' O-line on occasion last year.
The Idaho men's basketball program scored a perfect 1,000 in the latest year of the NCAA's Academic Progress Rates that were unveiled today — one of two single-year perfect scores for UI athletic programs. The women's golf team had the other 1,000 for 2012-2013.
That's the good APR-related news for Idaho. The bad news came nearly three weeks ago, when UI announced its football team was ineligible for the 2014 postseason and would lose four hours of practice time each week because of a four-year APR score of 901, well below the 930 threshold. Idaho's 2012-2013 score was 838.
Even with a projected 960 in 2013-2014, Idaho would be below a four-year score of 930 next year. Yet athletic director Rob Spear has said that he expects the school won't get dinged again in 2015 because it will have shown substantial progress.
To be postseason eligible, teams must have a four-year score above 930 or have an average above 940 the last two years.
The men's basketball team had a four-year APR of 944. That's slightly below its last two rolling four-year scores.
|Sport||2012-2013 Multi-Year Rate|
|Men's Cross Country||940|
|Men's Track, Indoor||962|
|Men's Track, Outdoor||957|
|Women's Cross Country||971|
|Women's Track, Indoor||959|
|Women's Track, Outdoor||959|
Former Idaho running back James Baker told the Spokesman-Review that he's headed to the Kansas City Chiefs as an undrafted free agent.
After he wasn't selected in the seven-round NFL draft, Baker quickly latched on with the Chiefs. Kansas City was one of two teams who held private workouts with Baker in Moscow. Baker also visited the Chiefs, along with the Green Bay Packers, before the draft.
Baker led the Vandals last season with 593 rushing yards and six touchdowns. The 6-foot, 237-pound senior averaged 4.1 yards per carry. He also had eight catches for 177 yards and three TDs. Baker said NFL teams were intrigued by his pass-catching ability.
The Deerfield Beach, Florida, native's stock rose after he ran a 4.55-second 40-yard dash at Idaho's pro day in March.
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Idaho wide receiver Dezmon Epps, who had a breakout junior season in 2013, was arrested for driving under the influence early Sunday morning in Pullman, according to a report in Idaho's student newspaper. The arrest occurred at 800 NE Ruby St., adjacent to Stubblefield's Bar and Grill at 1:23 a.m. Sunday, the Argonaut reported.
Epps piled up big numbers last season after transferring from City College of San Francisco, catching 79 passes for nearly 1,000 yards. He had 11 catches for 121 yards in Idaho's spring game on Friday night.
Coach Paul Petrino issued this strongly worded statement to the Argonaut on Epps' arrest:
“I am aware of the situation involving Dezmon Epps and I am disappointed in his actions. I will review the matter and it will be handled swiftly and decisively. Our student-athletes will understand that there will be discipline in our program. They will learn the responsibility they have in representing themselves, the football program, and the University of Idaho in the right manner. We will hold our student-athlete’s accountable for their actions at all times as character and integrity will always be a priority in our program. We will learn just as many life lessons through our failures as we will through our successes.”
The Vandals announced on Saturday morning that they've been banned from a 2014 bowl and face reduced practice time for failing to meet the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate standards. As a senior, Epps could transfer to another school and be eligible right away because of the sanctions. Petrino said he met individually with Epps (as well as Maxx Forde, Mike Marboe and other seniors) and said he expects all of them to return.
“They’re all Vandals,” the second-year coach said. “They’re all 100 percent with us.”
Petrino said Saturday that a few seniors might make statements on Monday about the APR penalties.