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Foes become friends at Big Sky Conference media days

UPDATED: Mon., July 16, 2018, 10:28 p.m.

The Big Sky Conference’s top players know each other in name, mostly, but on Sunday and Monday in Spokane, they fraternized at the Big Sky Football Kickoff, an annual gathering of the league’s coaches, players and media members.

Idaho State Board of Education delays decision on Idaho athletics director Rob Spear

UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 7:59 p.m.

Rob Spear was placed on a 60-day administrative leave in April by Idaho President Chuck Staben following social media accounts early this year from two former Vandals women athletes. The accounts said that five years earlier Spear did not adequately address their complaints that a former UI football player had harassed them and in one instance inappropriately touched one of the women.

NCAA prepares minority coordinators for head coaching jobs

The NCAA is unable to compel schools to interview minority coaching candidates like the NFL’s Rooney Rule does. So it is putting rising candidates through mock interviews and a comprehensive program to better prepare them for the opportunity to become head football coaches. Penn State’s James Franklin is among those who have gone through the NCAA Champion Forum. The program is now working with Clemson co-offensive coordinator Tony Elliott and others on the verge of being ready for the next step.

Tailgating gets go-ahead at University of Idaho

UPDATED: Fri., June 22, 2018, 8:14 p.m.

Football fans at the University of Idaho officially will be allowed to tailgate after the State Board of Education approved an alcohol permit for 2018 home football games Thursday.

NCAA eases rules on athlete transfers

UPDATED: Wed., June 13, 2018, 6:25 p.m.

College athletes will no longer need permission from their coach or school to transfer and receive financial aid from another school. The NCAA Division I Council approved the change and it will take effect Oct. 15. Under the new rule, athletes will notify their current coaches, who have two days to enter the names into a database created and managed by the NCAA that will alert schools who can be recruited. The hope is to end the practice of schools blocking transfers.

Pac-12 passes rule requiring 6 wins for bowl eligibility

UPDATED: Mon., June 4, 2018, 1:47 p.m.

The Pac-12 will require its teams to win at least six regular-season games to play in a bowl game, eliminating the opportunity for a 5-7 squad to earn a postseason spot when there are not enough six-win teams nationally to fill the bowls.