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Petrino’s staff at Idaho starting to form

UPDATED: 5:15 p.m.

Paul Petrino's a busy man. The new Idaho football coach has completed at least part of his staff, with names of new assistants trickling in. We've got the latest updates below. Read on.


First, the most recent news: Ronnie Lee, a veteran assistant who coached at Idaho in 1992 while Petrino was also on staff, will be hired as defensive coordinator, according to He'll replace Mark Criner. An official announcement hasn't come from UI.

Petrino has also hired Bryce Erickson, the son of former Vandals coach Dennis Erickson, while The Spokesman-Review has learned he will retain tight ends coach Al Pupunu and bring in Washington graduate assistant Mike Anderson as linebackers coach. Anderson is a former UI linebacker who also was a GA at Idaho.

Pupunu is the only coach from the previous staff that has been retained at this point, according to a source. Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Jason Gesser, who served as UI's interim coach the last four weeks of the season, will not return. He thanked Idaho for his time in Moscow on his Twitter page. Running backs coach Wayne Moses has also been let go, a source said.

Bryce Erickson served as running backs coach at Arizona State under his father. Last year he was head coach at South Albany (Ore.) High. He told the Albany Democrat-Herald that he'll make twice as much money at UI. The story did not indicate which position he'll coach under Petrino.

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