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  • Akey happy now just being dad

    MOSCOW, Idaho – He was a gregarious personality on the Washington State and Idaho sidelines, leaping, hugging and chest-bumping with his players for 14 seasons on the Palouse. But now, …


  • Late fumble haunts Vandals in loss to Northern Illinois

    MOSCOW, Idaho – Early in the fourth quarter on Saturday afternoon, what seemed improbable started to unfold in front of some 10,000 astonished Idaho fans at the Kibbie Dome. The …


  • Vandals play Northern Illinois in home opener

    NIU at Idaho Kickoff: 2 p.m. at Kibbie Dome Records: NIU 1-0; UI 0-2 Radio: 1080-AM Overview: The Vandals open their home schedule with the best nonconference team to come …


  • Smith leads Wyoming past Idaho

    A promising start didn’t last and the young University of Idaho football team lost 42-10 at Wyoming on Saturday.


  • Petrino will give foes lot to think about

    MOSCOW, Idaho – When Idaho runs the first play from scrimmage of the Paul Petrino era this evening at North Texas, it could line up in an option-based offense that …


  • Paul Petrino brings passion, discipline to Idaho football program

    MOSCOW, Idaho – Both feet on the ground. Shoulders back against your chair. Eyes locked on the speaker at the front of room. It sounds like an order a Marines …


  • Chalich makes claim as Vandals’ starter

    MOSCOW, Idaho – Chad Chalich has sidestepped most questions the last two weeks about how he’s performed as Idaho’s de facto No. 1 quarterback. But since the first practice of …


  • Chalich impressive in Vandals’ scrimmage

    Chad Chalich has sidestepped most questions the last two weeks about how he’s performed as Idaho’s de facto No. 1 quarterback. Instead, he’s talked about his offensive line, his receivers, …


  • Vandals’ Bradley gets Petrino’s message

    MOSCOW, Idaho – Paul Petrino looked over his right shoulder and noticed that one of the stars of Idaho’s first fall scrimmage was listening. Right then, the first-year Vandals coach …


  • Prosecutor won’t press charges in football fight

    The Whitman County Prosecutor declined to pursue criminal charges against a against University of Idaho football player who punched out a Washington State University athlete at a Pullman house party …


  • Spear spearheading effort to build UI events center

    MOSCOW, Idaho – In the last six months, Rob Spear has hired a new football coach, found a conference home for the Idaho football program and, just this week, won …


  • Two football assistant coaches quit at Idaho

    Three days after the end of spring practice, Idaho has two vacancies on its football staff. Defensive line coach Patrick Libey and linebackers coach Mike Anderson have left the team.


  • UI football returning to Sun Belt

    MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho needed a stable Football Bowl Subdivision home for its football program. The Sun Belt Conference needed to get to 12 teams so it …


  • Sun Belt invites Idaho to return

    College football: Idaho this week will seek permission from the State Board of Education to join the Sun Belt Conference as a football-only member in 2014, the Idaho Statesman of …


  • Petrino completes UI staff, adds four players

    MOSCOW, Idaho – Paul Petrino’s years as an assistant in the Southeastern Conference, Big Ten and Big East resonated with Idaho athletic director Rob Spear when the Vandals were searching …


  • Petrino goes with familiar coaches at Idaho

    New University of Idaho football coach Paul Petrino, a onetime Vandals assistant himself, seems intent on filling his staff with coaches who know what it’s like to coach or play …


  • Vandals name Paul Petrino new football coach

    MOSCOW, Idaho – Growing up in a football-mad family in Montana, Paul and Bobby Petrino heard the same message from their father that he told his other players at Carroll …


  • Petrino comes with pedigree, drive to succeed

    MOSCOW, Idaho – Growing up in a football-mad family in Montana, Paul and Bobby Petrino heard the same message from their father that he told his other players at Carroll …


  • Vandals choose Petrino, Arkansas’ offensive coordinator

    MOSCOW, Idaho – Paul Petrino has tasted success as a player and assistant coach at various levels and locales, from tiny Carroll College in Helena, Mont., to the Southeastern Conference …


  • Vandals football wait for new coach

    LOGAN, Utah – Jason Gesser knew he’d be asked about his future, especially after Idaho lost its 11th game of the season in its season finale on Saturday. “We are …


  • Idaho football adds eight JC players

    After Idaho won just one game this fall in his first season as coach, Paul Petrino saw a number of holes on the Vandals’ roster. He took a key step …


  • Honors keep coming for Rehkow; other Idaho football notes

    Austin Rehkow keeps adding All-America honors after a superb freshman season punting for Idaho. We have an update on Rehkow’s postseason awards and other Idaho football news below — including …


  • Idaho’s Rehkow named All-American

    Idaho freshman Austin Rehkow, who starred at Central Valley High, was selected as a first-team punter on the Walter Camp All-America team on Thursday. Rehkow, the nation’s leader in punting …


  • Rehkow could join UI hoops team

    Austin Rehkow plays football for the University of Idaho. And he may soon play basketball for the Vandals, too. Rehkow, a freshman punter and kicker, will spend the next week …


  • Idaho’s Madison, Rehkow honored

    For the second time in the first month of the season, Idaho small forward Stephen Madison has been named WAC Player of the Week. And he wasn’t the only Vandal …


  • Vandals drop 7th straight to close year

    Paul Petrino’s first season at Idaho ended on a familiar note, with more frustration and another loss. Idaho failed to score touchdowns in five chances inside New Mexico State’s 20-yard …


  • Idaho wraps up season at New Mexico St.

    What’s the difference between 1-11 and 2-10? In five years, it won’t seem like much to Idaho and New Mexico State. But for the Vandals who want to shed a …


  • No. 2 Florida State waxes Idaho, 80-14

    Florida State got the lopsided victory it expected. Idaho will get the paycheck it signed up for. The second-ranked Seminoles bludgeoned the Vandals 80-14 on Saturday afternoon at Doak Campbell …


  • An inside look at Idaho’s athletic budget and how money games fit in

    In today’s paper, I wrote about the shifting revenue streams for Idaho’s athletic department and the increasingly important role of money games, like today’s at Florida State. The Vandals are …


  • Idaho football, basketball notes

    The two biggest rivalry games for the Idaho basketball team will be on regional TV networks, and the Vandals’ second-to-last football game of the season — Saturday at No. 2 …


  • Mixed bag of success for Idaho hoops, football teams

    It was more of the same for the Idaho football team this afternoon — a fifth straight loss, and another blowout to boot. Meanwhile, the UI men’s basketball team gave …


  • Football-basketball double-dip for Idaho

    The Idaho football team plays its final home game this afternoon (vs. Old Dominion at 2 p.m.), just as the Idaho men’s basketball team begins its season with a home …


  • Texas State trips up Idaho, 37-21

    A fumble on their first possession. Missed tackles all over the field. Dropped passes. Two personal fouls early in the game. That’s a sample of the self-inflicted wounds from the …


  • Idaho-Texas State preview

    Consecutive trips to the South, sandwiched around a bye, are behind the Idaho football team. Now it gets to back-to-back games in the Kibbie Dome to wrap up its home …


  • Idaho’s prep for Texas State begins

    The Idaho football team had its first full practice in preparation for Texas State, and we’ve got notes to share with you after the jump. The Vandals (1-7) host the …


  • Davis likely to start again for Idaho

    Idaho is preparing to host Texas State on Saturday afternoon, and it’s building its game plan around senior Taylor Davis at quarterback, Vandals coach Paul Petrino said Monday. Davis, the …


  • Ole Miss pulls away to trounce idaho

    There were promising moments here and there Saturday night for the Idaho football team, which briefly made its game at Ole Miss interesting in the second quarter before bowing out, …


  • Idaho in SEC country to take on Ole Miss

    After a bye week, the Vandals are back in the South. They played at Arkansas State two weeks ago, and now they’re taking on a significantly better team from a …


  • Idaho vs. BCS teams: 1-28 since 2000

    When the Idaho Vandals meet Ole Miss on Saturday (4:30 p.m. PDT, ESPN3), it will be their second trip to face an SEC team in the last two seasons — …


  • Idaho practice notes: QBs a no-go

    Idaho quarterbacks Chad Chalich and Josh McCain were observers at practice on Wednesday, both out with shoulder injuries and watching from the sideline in shorts and their jerseys. In their …



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