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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 28, 2009

More ESPN exposure for Vandals

The Idaho-Boise State matchup on Nov. 14 will be televised by ESPNU, the Broncos announced this morning. It will be the third ESPNU telecast of the Vandals -- the Colorado State game was also on the network and next week's Fresno State game in Moscow...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 27, 2009

Morning Vandal notes, links

We've got an interesting blend of notes and articles to highlight on the Idaho footbal team, including accolades for Robb Akey and possible big-time ESPN exposure for Boise State and Idaho. Click below for more.

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MONDAY, OCT. 26, 2009

Akey: Butts will be out for a bit

Idaho coach Robb Akey said this morning that starting CB Isaac Butts, who hurt his leg in Saturday's loss at Nevada, will probably be "out for a bit." TE Daniel Hardy is day-to-day after hurting his back on Saturday; his injury isn't linked to a...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 24, 2009

Second half turns ugly for Vandals

Before Saturday, the Vandals' defensive blemishes were always masked by timely turnovers or last-gasp stands. Outside of the Washington game, the Idaho D wasn't a huge liability. But that all changed this afternoon in Reno -- in a big way. As Robb Akey put it...

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Vandals trail 28-24 at UNR

What a crazy first half in Reno. The Vandals fell behind 21-0 but three long touchdown strikes and a 55-yard field goal have sliced Nevada's lead to 28-24. The Vandals have yielded 324 yards to the Wolf Pack and at times looked completely helpless against...

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Idaho-Nevada a juicy WAC matchup 

Well, the moment has arrived for Idaho football. New Mexico State, San Jose State and Hawaii were nice appetizers, but now we’re going to really find out if the Vandals can hang with one of the WAC’s top-shelf programs. Keep reading for more on the...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 22, 2009

UI's Hardy making impact after return

Obviously, last night was dominated by Shiloh Keo news. You can read more about that here, but I've also posted an early look at my WAC/Idaho notebook that will run in tomorrow's S-R. It focuses on Daniel Hardy, who thought his season may be over...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 21, 2009

An assortment of Vandal notes 

All kinds of stuff to get to regarding the Idaho football team, including some interesting comments from offensive coordinator Steve Axman, a new (and local) high school commit and thoughts on Tuesday's practice.

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TUESDAY, OCT. 20, 2009

Vandal men, women picked 4th

The Idaho men and women's hoops teams found themselves in similar spots with the release of the WAC basketball preseason polls this morning. Both Vandal programs were picked to finish fourth -- by the coaches and media. You can find the polls here.UI guard Mac...

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MONDAY, OCT. 19, 2009

Akey, Spear to talk contract extension

Idaho coach Robb Akey was asked about a possible contract extension this morning, and he said he's talked to athletic director Rob Spear about it. "We're going to get together at the end of the season and I look forward to that conversation," he said....

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Another Vandal gets WAC kudos

The 6-1 Vandals (who received four points in the latest AP poll, by the way) had yet another player receive a weekly WAC award, this time defensive end Aaron Lavarias. He had four tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble on Saturday -- and was...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 17, 2009

Vandals bowl eligible after win 

I must say I never thought I would write that headline. But yep, the Vandals are 6-1 after a 35-23 win over Hawaii at the Kibbie Dome. A pretty quiet, smallish crowd of 12,763 was on hand as Idaho ensured at least a .500 record,...

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Idaho leads UH 14-10 at half

The biggest shock after one half: Neither Idaho nor Hawaii scored in the second quarter. The Vandals lead 14-10, thanks to touchdowns on their first two drives. DeMaundray Woolridge had a 28-yard TD scamper, followed by Nathan Enderle's nice 60-yard bomb to Maurice Shaw. The...

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Magic number awaits Vandals?

The first time this year I heard Robb Akey mention the B-word, it was a few days before spring practice. For a coach with a 3-21 record after two years at Idaho, talking about a bowl berth seemed a tad silly. Now, of course, a...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 15, 2009

WAC notes: LB Dickson stepping up

JoJo Dickson always had speed -- and now he has some extra muscle to go along with it. The Idaho linebacker also has two interceptions so far this season for the first-place Idaho Vandals, who will try to become the first WAC team with three...

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Vandal reading material

All sorts of interesting links on the Vandals heading into Saturday's game with Hawaii. At the top of list is John Blanchette's column after talking to Robb Akey. Great stuff as usual from Blanchette. Also, here's my feature on Mike Iupati, here's a column from...

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WEDNESDAY, OCT. 14, 2009

Early look at Iupati, game change 

Mike Iupati's path from an American Samoan native who didn't play football until he was 14 to a top NFL prospect is pretty remarkable. I had a chance to talk to him and others for a pretty hefty-sized feature that you can find below. It...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 13, 2009

Vandal practice update

Thought I would pass along a quick update after getting back from Idaho practice. Perhaps the biggest story was that middle linebacker Paul Senescall was on the sideline and not practicing. Coach Robb Akey said he expects Senescall to play Saturday and that coaches were...

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MONDAY, OCT. 12, 2009

Akey offers joke when asked about Cable 

Robb Akey's Idaho football team just returned from the Bay Area, where former Vandal coach and current Oakland Raiders head man Tom Cable is under heat for his team's 1-4 record and a preseason fight he had with then-assistant Randy Hanson. Akey was asked today...

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Akey: Enderle is Idaho's starting QB

Robb Akey didn't hesitate this morning to proclaim Nathan Enderle as Idaho's starting quarterback for Saturday's home game with Hawaii. Enderle was pulled late in the fourth quarter in last week's win at San Jose State for backup Brian Reader, who directed the Vandals to...

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SUNDAY, OCT. 11, 2009

Vandals receive vote in AP poll 

These are heady days for the Idaho football program. Fresh off a 29-25 come-from-behind win at San Jose State, the Vandals (5-1, 2-0) made a big enough impression in the eyes of one Associated Press top 25 poll voter to earn a vote in the...

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SATURDAY, OCT. 10, 2009

Vandals notch 4th straight win

Let's see. Nathan Enderle threw three interceptions (two in the fourth quarter) and was benched before the biggest drive of the season. Idaho was penalized 11 times for 113 yards. Linebacker Treshawn Robinson was ejected in the first half. Idaho squandered a scoring opportunity with...

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Idaho treks to San Jose

Nothing like a quick round of bowling before boarding a flight and starting the WAC season in earnest, right? That's what the Vandals did yesterday in Lewiston, after their flight to San Jose was delayed. You can read more about the little side trip to...

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THURSDAY, OCT. 8, 2009

WAC notes: UI special teams a sore spot

After the link you can find an early look at my WAC notebook that will run in Friday's S-R. The story focuses on Idaho's special-teams play -- which hasn't cost the Vandals a game yet, but coaches are clearly concerned. Click below for more.

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