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  • MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2013, 11:51 A.M.

    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.


  • THURSDAY, MARCH 28, 2013

    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 …


  • TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2013

    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 …


  • THURSDAY, DEC. 20, 2012

    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 …


  • MONDAY, DEC. 10, 2012, 7:56 P.M.

    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 …


  • MONDAY, DEC. 3, 2012, 10:33 P.M.

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, NOV. 25, 2012

    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 …


  • SUNDAY, NOV. 18, 2012

    Vandals fumble away chance to tie

    MOSCOW, Idaho – The anguish on Justin Veltung’s face couldn’t be hidden. Even with his helmet on. Even with a coach and teammate trying to console him as he walked …


  • THURSDAY, NOV. 15, 2012, 8:04 P.M.

    Gesser wants to stay at Idaho

    Jason Gesser insists the Idaho football program can reach a level of consistency where bowl appearances become the norm, not a once-in-a-decade anomaly. He’s also sure he wants to be …


  • FRIDAY, NOV. 9, 2012, 6:42 P.M.

    Vandals’ offense faces huge challenge

    MOSCOW, Idaho – Idaho center Mike Marboe understands how talented and experienced BYU is on defense. He saw it firsthand last year in a 42-7 loss to the Cougars, and …


  • SUNDAY, NOV. 4, 2012

    Vandals lose in Gesser’s first game as head coach

    MOSCOW, Idaho – Late in the third quarter, before Idaho unraveled in a 42-13 loss to San Jose State, redshirt freshman linebacker Elan Richard timed a jump perfectly at the …


  • FRIDAY, NOV. 2, 2012, 6:07 P.M.

    Vandals’ post-Akey era starts with SJSU

    MOSCOW, Idaho – The last time the University of Idaho played a football game without Robb Akey on the sideline was Nov. 25, 2006. Dennis Erickson was the coach. San …


  • SUNDAY, OCT. 28, 2012

    Idaho starting QB Blackman booted

    MOSCOW, Idaho – Jason Gesser expected his first week as Idaho’s interim football coach to be hectic. But he probably didn’t think there would be this much drama. Quarterback Dominique …


  • TUESDAY, OCT. 23, 2012

    Gesser says, ‘It’s not just me’

    MOSCOW, Idaho – Mid-afternoon on Monday, the sign outside the most prominent coach’s office in the Kibbie Dome still read: “Robb Akey, Head Football Coach.” A few hours earlier, Jason …


  • MONDAY, OCT. 22, 2012, 9:28 P.M.

    Gesser won’t go at it alone

    MOSCOW, Idaho – Mid-afternoon on Monday, the sign outside the most prominent coach’s office in the Kibbie Dome still read: “Robb Akey, Head Football Coach.” A few hours earlier, Jason …


  • MONDAY, OCT. 22, 2012

    Blanchette: Akey made most of no-win situation

    Here’s a bet: Robb Akey comes down to the breakfast table this morning, looks at a family trying to hide its heartbreak and booms out the question he asks every …


  • MONDAY, OCT. 22, 2012

    Idaho coach fired; Gesser takes over

    MOSCOW, Idaho – In his first year as Idaho football coach, Robb Akey referred to Boise State as the “donkeys.” It was one of many bold things he said the …


  • SUNDAY, OCT. 21, 2012, 11:04 P.M.

    Blanchette: Akey’s spirit carried Vandals through thick, lots of thin

    Those rooms where Robb Akey bowed the walls with his relentless spirit did not go concave with the air being sucked out in surprise when the University of Idaho sent …


  • SUNDAY, OCT. 21, 2012

    La. Tech scores 56 points in first half en route to drubbing Idaho

    RUSTON, La. – Louisiana Tech amassed 839 yards in offense en route to a 70-28 football victory against Idaho Saturday night. Kenneth Dixon rushed for 232 yards and six touchdowns …


  • SATURDAY, OCT. 20, 2012, 9:40 P.M.

    Louisiana Tech steamrolls Idaho

    RUSTON, La. – Louisiana Tech amassed 839 yards in offense en route to a 70-28 football victory against Idaho Saturday night.


  • SUNDAY, DEC. 2, 2012, 12:29 P.M.

    Petrino accepts offer to become UI coach

    Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino has accepted an offer to become the next Idaho football coach, the Spokesman-Review has confirmed. UI has scheduled a news conference for tomorrow at 1:30 …


  • SATURDAY, DEC. 1, 2012, 7:27 P.M.

    Nellis: UI could have new coach in 2 days

    Idaho president Duane Nellis told The Spokesman-Review on Saturday evening the Vandals should have a new football coach early next week. UI was set to interview Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul …


  • WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28, 2012, 9:49 P.M.

    Paul Petrino, Blaine Bennett to interview at Idaho

    We now know the five finalists for the Idaho job. Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino and Central Washington coach Blaine Bennett will interview at UI over the next two days, …


  • TUESDAY, NOV. 27, 2012, 9:42 P.M.

    Gilbertson says he talked with Idaho AD

    Former Idaho coach Keith Gilbertson said Tuesday evening he talked with Idaho athletic director Rob Spear earlier this month, but he’s not a candidate for the Vandals’ vacant job. He …


  • TUESDAY, NOV. 27, 2012, 4:01 P.M.

    Gesser still in the mix for Idaho job

    Jason Gesser told The Spokesman-Review this afternoon that he’ll interview for the permanent head coaching job, though the date for the interview has yet to be determined. The Vandals’ interim …


  • MONDAY, NOV. 26, 2012, 9:35 P.M.

    Lindgren, Tormey to interview for UI job

    Five candidates have emerged as finalists to become the head football coach at Idaho, and two of those coaches — Wyoming defensive coordinator Chris Tormey and San Jose State offensive …


  • SATURDAY, NOV. 24, 2012, 3:22 P.M.

    Idaho ends year 1-11; five finalists for head job

    After Idaho’s 45-9 loss at Utah State this afternoon, athletic director Rob Spear said five finalists have been named for the vacant head coaching position. Spear said an announcement would …


  • SATURDAY, NOV. 24, 2012, 8:15 A.M.

    Vandals’ long season ends today

    The Idaho basketball team was up six early in the second half before succumbing to unbeaten — and perhaps soon-to-be ranked — New Mexico at The Pit last night. On …


  • SUNDAY, NOV. 18, 2012, 12:24 A.M.

    Report: Choate to interview for Idaho job

    Idaho athletic director Rob Spear will interview Washington State linebackers coach Jeff Choate on Sunday for the head coaching job, FootballScoop.com reported. In September, Choate — an Idaho native and …


  • SATURDAY, NOV. 17, 2012, 11:14 P.M.

    Turnovers doom Vandals in home finale

    Jason Gesser couldn’t have been more to the point in his post-game news conference after the Vandals’ 34-27 loss to UTSA. “If we didn’t turn the ball over, we would …


  • FRIDAY, NOV. 16, 2012, 1:03 A.M.

    Gesser speaks about future at Idaho

    On his first day as Idaho’s interim football coach, Jason Gesser said he wanted to run the program for years to come. But if the Vandals choose to hire someone …


  • SATURDAY, NOV. 10, 2012, 11:38 P.M.

    Idaho steamrolled at BYU; Spear gives coaching search update

    Even if Idaho had played mistake-free football, it would have had a tough time hanging with heavily favored BYU. As it was, the Vandals committed five turnovers and never posed …


  • TUESDAY, NOV. 6, 2012, 7:14 A.M.

    Bushnell to start for UI; Farquhar feted

    Idaho interim head coach Jason Gesser said Monday that Logan Bushnell, who started last week, will again be under center when the Vandals play at BYU Saturday night. Backup Taylor …


  • SATURDAY, NOV. 3, 2012, 8:54 P.M.

    Vandals fall apart late in loss to SJSU

    Jason Gesser won’t look back fondly at his debut as Idaho football coach. The Vandals never fully capitalized on an assortment of San Jose State miscues — including three first-quarter …


  • MONDAY, OCT. 29, 2012, 10:49 A.M.

    Gesser: Bushnell will start at QB, share reps with Davis

    Idaho interim football coach Jason Gesser said that Logan Bushnell will start at quarterback Saturday versus San Jose State and will share reps — during practice and in the game …


  • SUNDAY, OCT. 28, 2012, 4:39 P.M.

    UI confirms Blackman, Scheidt off team

    The University of Idaho on Sunday confirmed a Spokesman-Review report that starting quarterback Dominique Blackman and linebacker Conrad Scheidt have been dismissed from the team for a violation of team …


  • SATURDAY, OCT. 27, 2012, 10:09 P.M.

    Blackman, Scheidt kicked off UI football team; Elmo suspended

    Quarterback Dominique Blackman has been kicked off the Idaho football team after a third failed drug test and tight end Taylor Elmo was suspended — possibly for the rest of …


  • TUESDAY, OCT. 23, 2012, 10:42 P.M.

    Akey on firing, discipline and more

    Robb Akey told The Spokesman-Review this afternoon that he knew his win-loss record at Idaho wasn’t good enough. Nonetheless, he didn’t expect to get fired Sunday, with four games left …


  • MONDAY, OCT. 22, 2012, 10:25 P.M.

    Transcript: Gesser meets media as Idaho’s interim coach

    This morning Jason Gesser met with reporters for the first time after being named Idaho’s interim head football coach. The 33-year-old former Washington State quarterback, wearing a black pinstripe suit …


  • SUNDAY, OCT. 21, 2012, 3:01 P.M.

    Idaho fires Robb Akey; Gesser named interim coach

    The University of Idaho has fired football coach Robb Akey and named offensive coordinator Jason Gesser the interim coach. Akey was 20-50 in less than six full years with the …