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Good Morning Vandal Nation: Oct. 15, 2009

15 Oct

T-minus two days to kickoff, and things are beginning to heat up on the Palouse.

For those who might have missed it, there was a significant announcement yesterday: the Nov. 7 Idaho/Fresno State football game will be nationally televised on ESPNU in prime time, with kickoff moved to 7:30 p.m.

Today on the blog, we’ll have the second part of our Vandal football midseason report card and continue our Western Athletic Conference basketball preview series. With tomorrow looking jam-packed as well, we may post up our Better Know a Foe conversation today too.

Remember that we’ll have an interactive play-by-play liveblog/chat from Saturday’s game beginning at 1:15 p.m. Join us!

Football

Men’s basketball

  • The Reno Gazette-Journal’s Chris Murray continues his WAC preview series by picking Idaho to finish fourth in the conference. The Vandals load up with talent and will finish worse than they did last year? *boggle* We’ll have a critique of that pick later.

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Good Morning Vandal Nation: Oct. 2, 2009

2 Oct

Today is Friday — and like every Friday, it’s Vandal Spirit Friday, so wear your Vandal gear!

Remember to pick up your student tickets at the Kibbie Dome ticket office for tomorrow’s game — there can’t be many left.

Coming today on Vandal Nation is our Better Know a Foe with The Coloradoan’s Kelly Lyell, complete previews of every WAC game this weekend and more.

There’s a whole pile of links today, given that tomorrow is gameday, so let’s get right to it.

Football

Men’s basketball

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Good Afternoon Vandal Nation: Sept. 29, 2009

29 Sep

We’re back, with a big pile of links from the weekend that was. All sorts of good stuff relating to the Idaho Vandals’ upset of Northern Illinois. We apologize for the day-long hiatus, but there was homework to catch up on!

The Vandals are receiving more national attention than ever — as well they should, given their 3-1 record, the best FBS start in school history and the best overall since 1994.

But the gridiron Vandals aren’t the only squad on a hot start. Idaho’s women’s soccer squad is 7-4 heading into conference play this weekend, also its best-ever season start.

On Saturday, the Vandals will take to the Kibbie Dome for a nationally-televised night battle against the Colorado State Rams, which will close out the non-conference season. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. — students are advised to pick up their tickets soon, as nearly three-quarters of the allocation has already been distributed.

Football

  • The Argonaut’s Jennifer Schlake has a game report that also mentions Nathan Enderle’s WAC Player of the Week honors.

Men’s basketball

  • Chris Murray of the Reno Gazette-Journal and Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News both make preseason picks for the WAC’s best players. Murray’s top seniors and juniors; Groves’ top seniors and juniors. No surprise, Mac Hopson is among them.

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Good Morning Vandal Nation: Sept. 25, 2009

25 Sep

The sun rises on another day in Vandal Nation, and it’s just one day to gameday in DeKalb, Ill.

On tap today here, we’ll have previews of every Western Athletic Conference football matchup, along with coverage of today’s Idaho Vandals/South Dakota Coyotes soccer game.

Football

Men’s basketball

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Good Morning Vandal Nation: Sept. 24, 2009

24 Sep

That’s right, it’s time for another morning slug of coffee, a biscuit and your WAC news links.

On tap today here will be another installment of Better Know a Foe with the NIU Huskies.

Football

Men’s basketball

Women’s basketball

Golf

  • The Vandals women’s golf team won the WSU Inland Cup yesterday, and GoVandals.com has the story.

Volleyball

Good Morning Vandal Nation: Sept. 23, 2009

23 Sep

We’ve reached the midpoint of the week and as usual for Hump Day, there’s plenty of news from all around the WAC.

Today, we’ll have that basketball announcement (it would have gone out yesterday but for a little thing called homework) and a Vandal Spotlight on senior point guard Charlotte Otero.

Another reminder: students who want to attend next week’s televised battle between the Vandals and the Colorado State Rams need to pick up tickets from the ticket office in the Kibbie Dome east-end building. Swiping your Vandal Card won’t be enough.

Football

Men’s basketball

Golf

Good Morning Vandal Nation: Sept. 22, 2009

22 Sep

The sun has risen on another day on the Palouse, and that means it’s time for another dose of WAC news at Vandal Nation.

Coming this afternoon, we’ll have a special announcement about hoops season that we’re very excited about. Don Verlin’s team is perhaps the best Idaho basketball squad since the Don Monson years, and we’re going all-out to cover his quest for an NCAA Tournament berth.

This week as a whole will be jam-packed… we’ll have Vandal Spotlights on Nate Enderle and Charlotte Otero, Better Know a Foe with The Red and Black Attack, previews of every WAC game and more.

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Vandal Roundup: Sept. 1, 2009

1 Sep

With this post, Vandal Nation restarts the Vandal Roundup – your one-post home for the best coverage of Idaho Vandals and WAC sports.

Football

Jennifer Schlake previews the Vandals’ season opener at New Mexico State for The Argonaut:

One thing coach Robb Akey wants for the Vandals more than anything Saturday, is to remember the way it felt when they beat New Mexico State last season.

“The last time the two of us got together in a stadium, we won the game and I want that in those kids’ heads,” Akey said. “That should bring a little extra confidence going into the game.”

As part of GoVandals.net‘s gridiron preview, Pat Hauge has an excellent story on the Vandals’ receiving corps:

The wide receiver unit has taken their lumps in recent years, both in the press and on the field. In the last five years Idaho has operated under three different offensive coordinators, and this unit has suffered its share of attrition over the years. But this season, led by senior slot receiver Max Komar and an experienced depth chart, the Vandals are poised to make the passing game a weapon.

Josh Wright previews the Vandals’ season for the Spokane Spokesman-Review:

MOSCOW, Idaho — In five days, Idaho football coach Robb Akey will unveil an on-the-field product that figures to be the most polished since his arrival three years ago. The defense has never been so rangy and athletic. A stocked supply of skill players is starting to come of age. The defensive line finally has more than a smattering of able (and thick) bodies.

Yes, everything points to a much healthier program than the one Akey inherited after Dennis Erickson’s swift departure in 2006. Nevertheless this fact remains: All the anecdotal progress means nothing unless the Vandals start churning out wins.
“I do like the direction we’re going,” athletic director Rob Spear said last week. “… But nobody’s more anxious than me to get the (program) turned.”

Chiming in with a football preview for the Moscow-Pullman Daily News is Sandra Kelly, who focuses on what the coaching change at NMSU might mean for the Vandals’ season opener: (subscription required)

Akey’s Army is ready to focus on New Mexico State. Exactly what that means is a bit of a mystery. The Aggies have a new coach, and former quarterback Chase Holbrook, who ran a pass-happy offense, was a senior last year.

“There’s a league rule in there somewhere that says you have to run it,” (Robb) Akey joked. “They will run it. That will be more like playing against our offense.”

Writing for NMSU’s hometown Las Cruces Sun-News, Teddy Feinberg takes a look at the WAC’s power-packed Week One schedule:

LAS CRUCES — A handful of Western Athletic Conference teams will play in high-profile games this weekend in their college football season openers.

The headliner will be the University of Nevada, which will travel to face Notre Dame in South Bend. The Wolf Pack enter the season as one of the WAC’s stronger teams, and will get to prove it on a nationally-televised stage against one of the country’s most storied programs. The contest will be shown at 1:30 p.m., Saturday on NBC.

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