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MOSCOW, Idaho – When they get to play games, if they get to play games, Idaho’s football players should be packed with more knowledge than a PhD dissertation.
At last, there’s some normalcy at the University of Idaho.
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.
Big Sky virtual media days – the video conference version of the annual event that was slated to be at the Davenport Hotel in Spokane before the coronavirus pandemic – presented a reunion of sorts.
Before the coronavirus pandemic halted college sports in March, Big Sky Conference football media days were slated to take place in downtown Spokane at the Davenport this summer.
World War II. Would that be how far back you would have to go to find a year with so many unsettling cross currents as college football teams try to prepare for a season?
Quarterback Colton Richardson will not be with Idaho’s football program in 2020 because of a credit-hours issue stemming from a medical withdrawal in fall 2019, the Lewiston High School graduate confirmed Friday.
At this point, it’s clear all the 2020 college football season’s participants will be a bit off their routines.
Idaho football’s spring game has been canceled, the school announced Saturday.
Before the start of Ferris’ football season last fall, coach Tom Yearout got the kind of pleasant surprise coaches dream about. Tarynce Antolin, who won a state championship the previous year at Hawaii’s Waipahu High School, had moved with his family to Spokane and would play his senior season at Ferris.
In its 11-player early signing class, Idaho added intriguing athletic talent. It built on its legacy. It brought in several players who are expected to play immediately and it poached a former Cougar.
Petrino this week said Idaho’s game against the Grizzlies in Missoula will be won by the team that can dominate on the offensive and defensive lines.
Fifty years from now, Logan Kendall may tell his grandchildren about the touchdown he scored against Penn State. But he is under no illusion about his primary role with the Idaho Vandals.
The Idaho team that was supposed to show up last year and run roughshod over the Big Sky Conference finally arrived.
As college football’s 150th-anniversary season commences, there’s both good and bad news for Idaho as it looks to improve upon last fall’s four-win campaign.
It was a painful lesson, but in their return to the Big Sky Conference a year ago, the Idaho Vandals learned there is no such thing as extraneous turf. It all has to be defended. It can all be exploited on offense.
From now on, Idaho will be into a regular-season routine of preparing for upcoming opponents, beginning with Penn State Aug. 31. But as the team leaves behind running endless reps of the same plays every day, punctuated with several scrimmages, head coach Paul Petrino came away from that grinding exercise feeling he has something to work with.
With two weeks to go before the season opener, Idaho’s practices will begin to focus heavily on its plan for Penn State, according to head coach Paul Petrino.
In the competitive manner of brothers, Kaden and Christian Elliss kept a running tally of their respective exploits as members of the Idaho Vandals’ defense last season.
But, in the early sessions of preseason camp, veteran receivers Jeff Cotton and Cutrell Haywood have played lights-out, and the secondary, of late, has begun to rise to the challenge. From whatever angle it is viewed, Idaho’s glass might really be half full.