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New ‘caretaker’ Pete Isakson plots course for Idaho athletics

For interim athletic director Pete Isakson, the prevailing rationale for his return to the University of Idaho in February of 2017 was pretty simple.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 8:17 p.m.

Idaho uses second-half surge to top Western New Mexico for first win of season

Surviving a first-half test when it fell behind, settling into its assignments and physically wearing down Western New Mexico as the game wore on allowed Idaho to finish with a …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 7, 2018, 7:59 p.m.

Idaho football hopes to bounce back quickly against Western New Mexico

Whatever else Idaho sees when it opens the home season Saturday against Western New Mexico, the Vandals will be facing a team that must really like football. The Mustangs endured …


John Blanchette: Dennis Erickson embarks on another coaching journey while being honored for his time at Idaho

Two things about football: One, any time someone suggests the game is at a crisis point or some moral crossroads, you can be sure a few rich guys will ready …


Denzal Brantley, Jalen Hoover ‘quarterbacks of the defense’ for the Idaho Vandals

The Idaho Vandals playing two quarterbacks has been closely watched and widely debated through the preseason and first game, against Fresno State.


Fresno State jumps on Idaho early, often in season-opening 79-13 rout

The Vandals got in trouble early. They suffered a disastrous first half, largely of their own making. They had two of Cade Coffey’s field-goal attempts blocked and returned for touchdowns …


Idaho hopes to keep Fresno State grounded, off-balance in opener

Job one for Idaho when it opens the season against Fresno State Saturday is to introduce doubt to the Bulldogs.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 30, 2018, 6:50 p.m.

Idaho running back Isaiah Saunders stands as strong figure on field, at home

When Idaho opens the season against Fresno State Saturday – a Mountain West Conference team that won 10 games a year ago – the Vandals aim to clearly send the …


Big Sky sequel: Idaho Vandals not expecting sympathy in move from Sun Belt

Life being what it is, the University of Idaho isn’t going to get sympathy because the Vandals were forced to abandon the Football Bowl Subdivision after 22 years, and return …


Block buster: Kaden Elliss brings intensity, versatility to field for Idaho Vandals

Kaden Elliss is the immensely talented linebacker whose role with the Vandals has expanded to the point he plays a half-dozen positions on both sides of the ball, plus special …


2018 Prep Football Preview: St. Maries hungry for bounce-back year

Two years removed from a state title, St. Maries and head coach Craig Tefft are looking to bounce back after a down year in 2017.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 25, 2018, 7:42 a.m.

Idaho Vandals take game-day approach to final scrimmage before opening week

With little more than a week to go before its season-opening game with Fresno State, Idaho loosened the training wheels a bit Friday.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018, 10:28 p.m.

Idaho football: Kale Edwards leads Coeur d’Alene comeback over Rigby in opener

Kale Edwards connected with Colbey Nosworthy on an 8-yard touchdown pass with 57.9 seconds left and visiting Coeur d’Alene beat Rigby 29-26 after trailing by 19 in the third quarter.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 22, 2018, 6:54 p.m.

With a two-quarterback system, Idaho has plenty of offensive options

The Vandals have been in preseason camp since Aug. 3, and their first game, with Fresno State, isn’t until Sept. 1. They have had a pair of Saturday scrimmages with …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 18, 2018, 6:43 p.m.

Idaho quarterbacks, run defense shine in high-scoring scrimmage

Quarterbacks Mason Petrino and Colton Richardson combined to throw for 10 touchdowns. Petrino tossed eight, completing three to Connor Whitney and a pair to Cutrell Haywood, who also caught a …


Idaho football hopes transition to Big Sky gives young offensive line chance to mesh

Offensive line play just fundamentally looks right when it is working. Apply force, move a resisting object. Jump out at the correct angle and cut off an object vectoring toward …


John Blanchette: Rob Spear, University of Idaho failed where it matters most – taking care of students

On Thursday, Idaho’s state board of education finally cut loose University of Idaho athletic director Rob Spear after lots and lots of investigation and risk assessment and hand-wringing. And presumably …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 16, 2018, 7:02 p.m.

Athletic director Rob Spear fired at University of Idaho

The Idaho State Board of Education Thursday morning fired University of Idaho athletics director Rob Spear. The action concludes a four-month administrative leave for Spear. He was suspended by UI …


Former running back Aaron Duckworth getting used to new role with Vandals

When last seen in connection with University of Idaho football in December, Aaron Duckworth was lighting up Georgia State for 113 yards and a touchdown to finish a 1,025-yard rushing …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 11, 2018, 6:32 p.m.

Lucky 7s: Charles Akanno, Cutrell Haywood shine as Idaho Vandals hold first fall scrimmage

Mason Petrino had a star turn at quarterback as Colton Richardson was among several prominent players who sat out the session.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 8:46 p.m.

Eastern Washington, Idaho land three players apiece on Phil Steel Preseason All-America Teams

National accolades are beginning to pile up for Eastern Washington and Idaho’s top players.


Idaho athletics trying to balance revenue shortfall, leadership uncertainty with new arena project on the horizon

It has been quite a year at the University of Idaho – roiled by sudden leadership changes and a thorny transition in the football program.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 8, 2018, 7:09 p.m.

Plenty of young, talented wide receivers stepping up early in fall camp for the Idaho Vandals

Whoever takes snaps for Idaho will have David Ungerer and Kaden Elliss as veteran targets. But most of Idaho’s receivers are newcomers whose next catches for the Vandals will be …


Mason Petrino, Colton Richardson both showing signs of improvement at quarterback for Idaho football

Less than a week into the Idaho Vandals’ preseason camp, Mason Petrino’s overarching issue isn’t a looming quarterback competition with Colton Richardson.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 11:44 p.m.

John Blanchette: Corner Club cornered market on true-blue Vandals

Corner Club stories? There are too many – the place is 70 years old, after all.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 3, 2018, 5:37 p.m.

Vandals report to camp and show plenty of optimism for return to Big Sky

Next to hoisting a trophy at the end of the year, the best day in a football season might be the day players report for fall camp.


Independent report sheds no new light on Idaho’s handling of sexual assault, harassment complaints

A long-awaited report on the University of Idaho’s handling of sexual assault and harassment complaints five years ago contained no startling new information and offered conclusions that have been debated …


Five questions heading into football camp: Idaho Vandals

As the Idaho Vandals head into their first preseason camp since their return to the Big Sky Conference and the Football Championship Subdivision, the many pieces of the puzzle of …


Idaho State Board of Education meets, makes no decision on future of Idaho athletics director Rob Spear

For the second time in a month, the Idaho State Board of Education met in a lengthy executive session on Friday in Boise to discuss the fate of Idaho athletics …


Versatile Idaho football player Kaden Elliss named to Paul Hornung Award Watch List

Idaho senior linebacker and tight end Kaden Elliss was named to the Paul Hornung Award Watch List, the Louisville (Kentucky) Sports Commission announced Thursday.