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  • Sun., Sept. 9, 2012

    Bowling Green holds back Vandals

    BOWLING GREEN, Ohio – Anthony Samuel ran for two touchdowns and Matt Schilz threw for another to help Bowling Green defeat Idaho 21-13 in nonconference play Saturday. “We fought and …

  • Fri., Sept. 7, 2012, 6:35 p.m.

    Vandals renew recent rivalry with Bowling Green

    MOSCOW, Idaho – Another game in a budding rivalry with Bowling Green makes for a nice subplot. What matters to Idaho coach Robb Akey is showing last week’s flat performance …

  • Thu., Sept. 6, 2012, 6:48 p.m.

    Levenseller makes smooth transition at UI

    MOSCOW, Idaho – Every night Mike Levenseller makes his way from the Idaho football offices to his home in Pullman.

  • Sat., Aug. 25, 2012

    Vikings hold off scrappy Hawks

    NAMPA, Idaho – The Coeur d’Alene football team’s winning streak is still intact. Barely. Junior quarterback Gunnar Amos accounted for 339 total yards and three touchdowns and junior tailback Marques …

  • Sat., Aug. 25, 2012

    LC loses opener

    Eagle scored two touchdowns in the second and fourth quarters to hold off visiting Lake City 35-28 in a season opener Friday. LC had a rushing TD in each quarter. …

  • Tue., May 15, 2012

    McRoyal shooting investigated

    LOS ANGELES – Police detectives were working Monday to determine a motive and find the killer of a University of Idaho football player who was shot to death at a …

  • Mon., May 14, 2012

    UI receiver killed in California

    MOSCOW, Idaho – The last time he spoke to Robb Akey, Idaho wide receiver Ken McRoyal shared his excitement about landing a scholarship for the fall. He had earned it …

  • Thu., May 10, 2012

    Blanchette: Big Sky would take back Idaho

    There is something about the University of Idaho mulling its athletic future that suggests a chess novice playing against Deep Blue. No move seems to hold promise.

  • Thu., March 22, 2012

    Vandals enter spring football with many questions

    MOSCOW, Idaho – Entering spring football practice with a work-in-progress approach is nothing new at Idaho. For coach Robb Akey, it’s part of developing a long-suffering program. But unlike the …

  • Tue., March 20, 2012

    Vandals hire veteran football assistant to coordinate running game

    College football: Veteran coach Gordy Shaw has been named the Idaho run game coordinator/offensive line coach, head coach Robb Akey announced Monday. Shaw was the defensive coordinator at Idaho in …

  • Tue., Jan. 31, 2012

    U-Hi standout to walk on at WSU

    College football: University High School senior quarterback Conner Johnson accepted a preferred walk-on offer to play at Washington State after a trip to Pullman during the weekend. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound …

  • Sat., Jan. 28, 2012

    Cougars tab McAlpine as soccer coach

    Colleges: Keidane McAlpine has been named the Washington State women’s soccer coach, director of athletics Bill Moos announced on Friday. McAlpine, who was an assistant the past six seasons at …

  • Tue., Dec. 6, 2011

    Idaho lands six on All-WAC second team

    Football: Six Idaho Vandals have been named to the All-Western Athletic Conference second team. The group includes seniors Korey Toomer, a linebacker, defensive end, defensive back and fullback, who scored …

  • Sun., Dec. 4, 2011

    Vandals’ season-ending blowout irks A.D. Spear

    RENO, Nev. – Backup quarterback Tyler Lantrip passed for 340 yards and four touchdowns as Nevada routed Idaho 56-3 on Saturday in a performance that left Vandals athletic director Rob …

  • Tue., Nov. 29, 2011

    CdA QB Chalich says he’ll play at Idaho

    Football: Chad Chalich isn’t one for drama. But his future college coach is known to get a little excited here and there. The Coeur d’Alene senior quarterback didn’t make Idaho …

  • Sun., Nov. 20, 2011

    Utah State downs Idaho in double OT

    Over and over Saturday, the Idaho Vandals found themselves in position to win or keep alive one of the zaniest games inside the Kibbie Dome in years. A field goal …

  • Sun., Nov. 13, 2011

    BYU Cougars decimate anemic Idaho Vandals

    PROVO, Utah – Jake Heaps threw for 185 yards and two touchdowns after coming off the bench late in the first quarter to lead the BYU Cougars to a 42-7 …

  • Fri., Nov. 11, 2011, 3:04 p.m.

    Vandals testing out new-found confidence vs. BYU

    Before last week’s fourth-quarter explosion at San Jose State, it had been a fallow two months for Idaho. The defense and special teams unit were producing more touchdowns than the …

  • Sun., Nov. 6, 2011

    Bailey bolsters Vandals’ rally past San Jose State

    Senior Kama Bailey knows how to return kickoffs. On Saturday, he showed some moves as a running back, helping Idaho end a frustrating losing streak. Bailey, Idaho’s all-time leader in …

  • Fri., Oct. 14, 2011, 4:57 p.m.

    Vandals need to kick-start run game

    Idaho football fans have scrutinized the volatile play of quarterback Brian Reader in recent weeks, and for obvious reasons. But it’s not just the Vandals’ passing attack that is languishing.


  • Tue., Aug. 28, 2012, 7:49 p.m.

    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 …

  • Thu., Aug. 23, 2012, 10:24 p.m.

    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 …

  • Fri., Aug. 17, 2012, 6:17 p.m.

    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 …

  • Thu., Aug. 16, 2012, 10:43 p.m.

    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 …

  • Thu., Aug. 16, 2012, 6:18 p.m.

    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 …

  • Mon., Aug. 13, 2012, 4:50 p.m.

    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 …

  • Sat., Aug. 11, 2012, 7:38 p.m.

    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 …

  • Tue., Aug. 7, 2012, 7:23 p.m.

    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 …

  • Thu., Aug. 2, 2012, 8:49 p.m.

    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 …

  • Tue., July 31, 2012, 6:05 p.m.

    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 …

  • Thu., July 26, 2012, 1:04 p.m.

    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 …

  • Mon., July 16, 2012, 4:57 p.m.

    Long-ago Idaho home game in Spokane The Beavers won, 34-6.

  • Mon., May 14, 2012, 8:42 a.m.

    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 …

  • Sun., May 13, 2012, 4:03 p.m.

    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 …

  • Fri., May 4, 2012, 6:06 p.m.

    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 …

  • Wed., May 2, 2012, 8:13 a.m.

    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 …

  • Tue., May 1, 2012, 6:17 p.m.

    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 …

  • Tue., May 1, 2012, 6:01 a.m.

    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 …

  • Mon., April 30, 2012, 5:01 p.m.

    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 …

  • Sat., April 28, 2012, 12:19 p.m.

    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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