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Edit: UI fans backing Petrino, team

This fall, the Daily News has reported on three off-field events in the University of Idaho football program.

  • Coach Paul Petrino chased after two reporters after a practice and got so riled up at them about what they were writing that another coach felt compelled to physically encourage Petrino to back off.
  • Football players shoplifted items from the VandalStore, were disciplined for it by the team but weren't prosecuted - as other students have been in similar situations - and the university tried to keep the details from the press.
  • On Monday, 50 or so members of the football team sent an unusual email to the Daily News defending their coaches against the rambling but fairly specific allegations in a long pseudonymous email sent out a few hours earlier criticizing the program. Petrino addressed it at his press conference the next day.

The Daily News, specifically its Vandal sports beat writer, sports editor Michael-Shawn Dugar, has reported on all three incidents.Long-suffering Vandal boosters seem to have decided after each of these stories that the Daily News, specifically Dugar, has some sort of vendetta against Petrino, Athletic Director Rob Spear and the football team/Lee Rozen, Moscow-Pullman Daily News. More here.

Question: Are you surprised that some -- many? -- fans of the University of Idaho football team are criticizing the Moscow-Pullman Daily News for posting stories that give the Vandals a black eye?



D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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