Few faces from area college football programs saw much camera time in HBO’s popular NFL docuseries “Hard Knocks,” which concluded its 15th season on Tuesday.
There was a distinct sense of surprise Monday among the New Orleans Saints’ social media following when the NFL team revealed its initial depth chart and had Idaho’s Kaden Elliss slotted No. 1 at strongside linebacker.
The Idaho Vandals’ trio of Laney College products weren’t at all taken by surprise in late July, when they binged through the latest season of Last Chance U – a Netflix docuseries following the lives of players at football powerhouse junior colleges.
Saturday came with discouraging news for various local college and high school products hoping for a spot on an NFL 53-man roster.
NFL hopes met harsh realities for a variety of local college players on Saturday. For others, meanwhile, the dreaded phone call never came, signifying they’d locked down a spot on the 53-man roster one week before the start of the regular season.
Former University of Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear alleges in a lawsuit that Chuck Staben, the school’s president from 2014-19, launched a “smear campaign” that ultimately led to Spear’s termination.
After the Big Sky Conference on Thursday directly announced none of its fall teams would compete in or out of the league, University of Idaho athletics director Terry Gawlik and football coach Paul Petrino discussed a season without sports for the Vandals.
While Presidents of Big Sky Conference schools have voted to move the league football schedule to the spring, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the University of Idaho is still trying to pull together in some form or fashion a nonconference football schedule of a handful of games for the fall.
If Division I football is played in the coming months, it won't be in Cheney or Moscow, Idaho.
Several reports Thursday suggest that the Big Sky Conference is aiming for a spring football season.
When the University of Idaho tested fall sport athletes in July, nine out of 125, mostly football players, came up positive for coronavirus.
While the Big Sky Conference football season remains in limbo on the cusp of August, more than a dozen ex-Eastern Washington and Idaho standouts enter preseason NFL training camps around the country.