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  • Deonté Jackson back on track

    Back in Las Vegas, the father and son still cross paths. Their meetings are infrequent, unexpected – and usually awkward.


  • Horizon Air to paint airplane in Vandal colors

    University of Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear’s flight options may have just opened up.


  • Vandals roll dice in big road win over Western Michigan

    KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Idaho coach Robb Akey has proven he doesn’t mind taking chances, the most notable example coming on a two-point conversion to claim last year’s Humanitarian Bowl. Saturday, …


  • Out to erase bitter loss

    MOSCOW, Idaho – After perhaps the most bitter football loss of the Robb Akey era, the Idaho Vandals did all they could Sunday to address what went wrong at Colorado …


  • Vandals’ Axman regains health after cancer battle

    MOSCOW, Idaho – The pesky issue had come up before, first when he was a teenager. Steve Axman was told he had a floating chip in his jaw, and for …


  • Last-gasp field goal drops mistake-prone Idaho

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. – Twice Saturday afternoon, the Idaho football team constructed double-digit leads and appeared ready to separate from Colorado State for good. On both occasions, mistakes and poor …


  • Vandals look to grow streak

    MOSCOW, Idaho – It started with a decisive victory over San Diego State last September. Two weeks later, the Idaho Vandals hung on against Colorado State. And last week, they …


  • Vandals improve their rankings

    MOSCOW, Idaho – In Aaron Lavarias’ first year at Idaho, it was the linebackers who seemed to have everything figured out. They were the ones who told the newcomers on …


  • Idaho finds perfect mix in win over UNLV

    MOSCOW, Idaho – When Robb Akey took over the Idaho football program four years ago, this must have been what he envisioned – the Kibbie Dome pulsating for a nationally …


  • Idaho dominates UNLV before cameras, big crowd

    MOSCOW, Idaho – When Robb Akey took over the Idaho football program four years ago, this must have been what he envisioned – the Kibbie Dome pulsating for a nationally …


  • Nebraska plows Idaho with five interceptions

    LINCOLN, Neb. – It wasn’t the homecoming University of Idaho quarterback Nathan Enderle envisioned. Enderle threw five interceptions, two which were returned for touchdowns, as the Nebraska Cornhuskers topped the …


  • UI keeps big-money road games to one a season

    MOSCOW, Idaho – In the buildup to Idaho’s highest-profile nonconference game in several years, Robb Akey was asked if the Vandals had quarterback Nate Enderle – a lifelong Nebraskan – …


  • Idaho defense stars as offense errs in season opener

    MOSCOW, Idaho – Maybe this was to be expected for a weeknight season opener. Penalties, bungled assignments, miscommunication – all came in bunches for the University of Idaho on Thursday …


  • Blanchette: At the zero hour, Idaho defense puts one up

    MOSCOW, Idaho – Before the Humanitarian Bowl went all wild-hairs-and- whoopie-cushions last December, Idaho coach Robb Akey had the play of the day – fixing his stare directly into the …


  • Blanchette: WAC has that finger-in-the-dike feel to it

    When the Idaho Vandals are done hanging their Humanitarian Bowl banner tonight, can they please pass the duct tape to Karl Benson? The commish needs it to try and keep …


  • Vandals look to get team off to quick start

    MOSCOW, Idaho – It wasn’t until October last fall that the University of Idaho football team’s identity – potent, if slow-starting, on offense and vulnerable on defense – fully materialized. …


  • Vandals linebackers connect on field and at home

    MOSCOW, Idaho – Come Thursday night, Idaho football fans will have a better sense of how the Vandals’ starting linebacker crew has coalesced. Already, though, this much is certain: They …


  • University of Idaho confident about defense

    MOSCOW, Idaho – The theme has held from the early moments of spring practice to the final scrimmage of fall camp Saturday: The Idaho defense has been more relentless, more …


  • UI’s Enderle taking charge, getting praise

    MOSCOW, Idaho – He’s held the same job for four years – the starting quarterback for a program once in disrepair and now steered in the right direction – and …


  • UI’s Davis eyes opener

    MOSCOW, Idaho – In the best of scenarios, Preston Davis would be back in early October, perhaps late September. That’s what the doctors told the University of Idaho wide receiver …


  • Report: Blackman won’t start for Idaho

    Dominique Blackman, Idaho’s newly minted first-string quarterback, will not start Thursday’s season opener with Eastern Washington, the Idaho student newspaper reported Tuesday. However, Vandals coach Robb Akey told a Boise …


  • Vandals enter final week of preseason

    Idaho has five practices left before Thursday’s opener with Eastern Washington at the Kibbie Dome. And we have notes and a few position updates — as well as a look …


  • UI given green light to go independent

    UPDATED 6:17 p.m. The Idaho State Board of Education today approved the University of Idaho’s request to become an FBS independent in football and “negotiate and accept” an invite to …


  • Vandals scrimmage for final time

    Two weeks ago, the Vandals started fall camp. And two weeks from Thursday, they’ll be opening the season at the Kibbie Dome against Eastern Washington. Where are the Vandals halfway …


  • Idaho opts for FBS independence

    UPDATED: 6:20 p.m. The University of Idaho will seek approval Friday from the Idaho State Board of Education to go independent in football and move to the Big Sky Conference …


  • Blackman named Idaho starter

    What was evident Saturday in the Vandals’ scrimmage became reality today. Idaho coach Robb Akey said Dominique Blackman will start the season opener vs. Eastern Washington. Blackman beat out Taylor …


  • Is Vandals’ QB race coming to end?

    After two scrimmages and 10 days of fall camp, things are coming into focus for the Idaho Vandals. Most notably, the quarterback competition — which heated up in the spring …


  • QBs, offense roll in Idaho scrimmage

    For the last couple of years, the Idaho defense has typically been the dominant unit during scrimmages. Not so this afternoon in the Kibbie Dome. The offense rolled up nine …


  • New helmets, players at Idaho camp

    So I’ve seen the Vandals’ new gold-speckled black helmets up close now, and I can tell you they look good. They’ll look even better with a decal on the side …


  • Vandals’ fall camp starts Thursday

    Robb Akey was his typical talkative self today in a conference call with reporters. The Idaho coach ran through a string of topics in advance of the Vandals’ fall camp …


  • Vandals picked fourth, fifth in WAC

    In preseason polls released today at the WAC football preview in Las Vegas, the Idaho football team was tabbed to finish fifth by the league’s coaches and fourth by the …


  • Long-ago Idaho home game in Spokane

    www.ebay.com The Beavers won, 34-6.


  • A warm start to the week

    A GRIP ON SPORTS • ADDITION: 9:25 A.M. Really, could there have been better weather to celebrate Mother’s Day? The sun was shining, the temperature rose into the high 70s …


  • Idaho receiver McRoyal killed

    University of Idaho wide receiver Ken McRoyal was shot and killed at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning at a Los Angeles party, according to a Los Angeles TV station. UI …


  • Idaho AD: retaining FBS status a priority

    With Utah State and San Jose State’s move to the Mountain West official — and other WAC schools off to Conference USA and the Sun Belt — Idaho athletic director …


  • Making a little progress

    A GRIP ON SPORTS There was a lot of response yesterday to my thoughts on remaining a Mariner fan. To be honest, I appreciate the advice, but have yet to …


  • UI remarks on conference changes

    It’s been a wild past few days for conference realignment. All signs point to the WAC losing Utah State, San Jose State, Louisiana Tech and soon-to-be members Texas State and …


  • Is it time to bail?

    A GRIP ON SPORTS It just may be time. Time to sell my allegiance. Time to give up being a Seattle Mariner fan and start rooting for another team. Time …


  • WSU, Idaho to renew football rivalry in 2013

    COUGARS FROM PULLMAN — The Battle of the Palouse will continue in 2013. The official Twitter account of University of Idaho athletics confirmed what athletic director Rob Spear told Scout.com …


  • Could WAC get plundered again?

    Texas-San Antonio was set to join the WAC this summer. But the Roadrunners now appear headed to the Conference USA in 2013 — along with current WAC member Louisiana Tech. …


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