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2013 Independent schedule: Spear likely to announce seven more

19 Oct

Athletic director Rob Spear will hold a 4:30 PM PT conference call today and will likely announce the remaining games for Idaho’s 2013 Independent schedule. In addition to the four games that have been revealed in recent months, Spear, according to Brian Murphy of the Idaho Statesman, will announce seven more games during the conference call.

As has been rumored, Idaho will remain in the Western Athletic Conference for Olympic sports in 2013, before transitioning to the Big Sky in 2014-2015. Spear confirmed this information with the Idaho Statesman on Friday.

The Vandals’ current 2013 football slate includes games at Wyoming (Sept. 7), vs. Northern Illinois (Sept. 14), at Washington State (Sept. 21) and at Mississippi (Oct. 26).

Contracts for these additional seven games have been signed. The Vandals will host Temple, Fresno State, New Mexico State and Old Dominion. Idaho will visit New Mexico State, Arkansas State and North Texas.

The home-and-home with New Mexico State is something the schools have been working toward since the spring.

Monday Akey-isms 10/8 – “Take what they give you until they give you the game”

8 Oct

It wasn’t quite ideal, it wasn’t perfect, and it surely wasn’t pretty, but dangit, it was a win.

Victory!!!

That’s about the attitude Idaho coach Robb Akey had Monday when addressing the media about Idaho’s 26-18 victory over New Mexico State Saturday at the Kibbie Dome.

“There’s so much more that we can do well. We’re going to finish things better…You’re going to continue to have the ability to grow and build,” Akey said.

New Mexico State is a pretty bad team, and they played like it. Now six games through the season the Aggies are the only team in the WAC without a victory over an FBS school, providing both Texas-San Antonio and Idaho with WAC-opener victories.

Idaho also took advantage of playing the struggling Aggies to push the ball down the field in the passing game with varying success. Idaho quarterback Dominique Blackman said after the game the plan was to open the playbook up because the team felt the North Carolina game exposed Idaho’s over-use of the short passing game.

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Better Know a Foe – Week 6 – Welcoming alumni back to Moscow

4 Oct

Western Athletic Conference – Now accepting applications.

Welcome back to the hundreds, or thousands, of University of Idaho alumni making the trek back to the Palouse for the weekend. The weekend festivities will be plenty, though the one that we all specifically have our eyes on is of course the football game on Saturday.

Though, it may be safe to say that the football program saw better days while some of those alumni were in Moscow.

The Idaho football team that will greet the Homecoming crowd sit at an embarrassing 0-5. Getting blown out of the water in two money games, losing at home to an FCS school and relinquishing a fourth quarter lead to Wyoming to lose in overtime accentuate how the season has gone. Oh, yeah, there is that whole conference-less thing Idaho has going for it as well.

There is good news, however! That news comes in the form of Idaho’s opponent, the 1-4 New Mexico State Aggies, on a four game losing streak after winning their opener against Big Sky Sacramento State. They also are without a conference next season.

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Mass exodus of WAC schools has officially begun – Idaho AD to address media today

4 May

The day of reckoning has officially arrived. The WACpocalypse is upon us – and nobody is surprised.

The Mountain West has officially added Utah State and San Jose State. Conference USA has announced the additions of La Tech and Texas-San Antonio. The Sun Belt had already made official on Wednesday their addition of Texas State.

As expected, New Mexico State and Idaho are left twiddling their thumbs and pondering their futures in big time Division I football.

There may have been hope it seems. Brian Murphy of the Idaho Statesman reports both NMSU and Idaho vied the Mountain West for inclusion, with New Mexico lobbying hard on behalf of NMSU.

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Big men seal the deal for Idaho

10 Feb

Theo Lawson

Argonaut

 

In what proved to be an overwhelming task for the Vandal men’s basketball team, it was Idaho (14-11, 6-4 WAC) who overwhelmed New Mexico State (17-3, 6-8 WAC), defeating the Aggies 59-58 Thursday evening in the Cowan Spectrum.

Idaho overcame a seven-point Aggie lead with less than five minutes remaining and with five seconds left to play, Kyle Barone slipped an unanticipated but brilliant pass into the hands of Djim Bandoumel, who was wide open for the lay-up. The Aggies put the ball into the hands of WAC leading scorer Wendell McKines but McKines’ deep jumper guarded tightly Barone had no chance, sending the Vandals away with their third consecutive victory.

“We had kind of an idea of what we wanted to do after the inbounds play and I felt like I could get by my guy and I saw Djim’s guy help and there was nobody guarding him to help on help so I dished it off to him and he finished it,” Barone said.

Against a much bigger, much more physical New Mexico State team, Idaho won the battle inside the key, scoring more points in the paint and out-rebounding the Aggies, a team who out-rebounded Idaho 38-21 when the two met one month ago.

Idaho, the WAC’s leading three-point percentage team, were a dismal 1-10 from three-point range Thursday and the same Vandal team that averages almost 67 percent from the free-throw line were 50 percent for the second consecutive game, this time shooting 6-12 from the line.

It was the efficient, yet effective Idaho defense though that held the visitors to their lowest point total of the year including both conference and non-conference contests. To further emphasize Idaho’s defensive success, the Aggies lead the WAC in total scoring offense with an average of almost 77 points-per-game. The game also marked the second time this year Idaho has been victorious scoring less than 60 points.

Though Barone and Bandoumel counteracted the Aggie size and speed with their strong presence underneath the basket, a less likely face in junior college transfer Mike McChristian picked the perfect time to heat up. McChristiaon hadn’t seen action in the team’s last three games and hadn’t scored since the Vandals’ loss in Las Cruces last month but it was the junior who propelled Idaho to a 10-2 run in the first half  that would conclude with a McChristian bank-shot buzzer beater to tie the score at 31-31.

McChristian concluded with a career-high eight points off of a 4-4 shooting clip.

Coach Don Verlin made it clear that McChristian had been nothing more than a practice squad player in recent weeks, but his efforts were worthy of game MVP honors.

“Awesome game, probably the player of the game,” coach Don Verlin said. “I thought he turned the tides, Mike hasn’t played in a couple of games, wonderful kid, has been on the scout team and hasn’t gotten a lot of run for whatever reason… It was great to see him step up and make those plays, probably won the game for us.”

Down the stretch, the Vandals trailed by as many as seven with five minutes to play and while the clutch shooting was inexistent, the hard-nosed defense was.

Idaho’s 8-0 run to close the game consisted of four consecutive missed Aggie shots and two missed free throws.

While Bandoumel was the one that gave Idaho it’s crucial go-ahead basket, the Quebec native was the first one to praise Barone for yet another dominating performance.

“Coach called big plays for him and he was just going hard,” Bandoumel said. “And KB (Barone), I always say to him, when you have the ball nobody can stop you in that league and just go hard and good things are going to happen.”

Bandoumel polished off an impressive night with a career-high six blocks while his counterpart Barone tallied a game-high 16 points. Barone’s nine rebounds were also a game-high and his four assists were a career-high.

“It’s always hard to adjust to New Mexico State’s quickness and size and I thought we did a much better job in the first eight or ten minutes of adjusting to what they have to offer,” Verlin said. “They’re so physically imposing, for the lack of a better word, they intimidate you a little bit… I thought our guys did a great job of battling all night long.”

Idaho host La. Tech to close out the home WAC season Saturday evening at 8:05 PM in the Cowan Spectrum. The Bulldogs (11-13, 3-6 WAC) are coming off of three consecutive losses and fell at the hands of the Vandals 90-88 last month in Ruston.

Weekly Press Conference

10 Oct

WAC Round-up: Week 2

11 Sep

Idaho-44  North Dakota-14:

When the Fighting Sioux went up 14-3, Vandal fans questioned coach Robb Akey and his reasons for leaving quarterback Brian Reader in the game.  Akey’s faith in Reader proved to be beneficial for Idaho’s success and the senior completed 15 consecutive passes in the second and third quarter. Idaho closed the gap to 14-10 at halftime and went up when Reader and Marsel Posey hooked up early in the third.  Freshman Bradley Njoku notched a pick six in the fourth quarter and the Vandals rolled to their first win of the season. Reader threw for 299 yards and four touchdowns; Vandal fans can now breathe. 

 

Oregon-69  Nevada-20

Darron Thomas and the Ducks flew high over the Wolfpack defense, and the junior quarterback threw for 295 yards, while tying the school record for touchdowns in a game (6).  Wolfpack quarterbacks Tyler Lantrip and Cody Fajardo combined for three interceptions and Nevada didn’t score until late in the first half, already down 34-0. Ducks freshman DeAnthony Thomas made up for two fumbles in last week’s loss to LSU by rushing for 81 yards on eight carries and receiving for 93 yards on two receptions and two touchdowns. End result- Nevada without Colin Kaepernick.

 

New Mexico State-28  Minnesota-21

The Aggies beat the Big-Ten! The Aggies beat the Big-Ten! Believe it or not but it did happen. The toilet team of the WAC upset the Golden Gophers in a game that saw NMSU up by two touchdownson two occasions. In terms of total offensive yards, the Aggies tallied just two more than the Gophers and each forced two turnovers.  Andrew Manley’s 288 passing yards and three touchdown passes made the difference in this one, despite his two intereptions.  NMSU will take advantage of the momentum going into three winnable games against UTEP, San Jose State and New Mexico.

 

Washington-40  Hawaii-32:

The Rainbow Warriors proved too feeble away from the island and Husky quarterback Keith Price made the most of his second start for the Holuday Bowl Champions. Hawaii’s slow start led to three unanswered touchdowns from UW, two of those coming from Price and wide receiver Jermaine Kearse, who only hooked up twice. Hawaii received a late second quarter boost from Richard Torres’ 99-yard interception return but Price took over once again, connecting with Devin Aguilar to put UW up by two touchdowns.  Price finished with 315 passing yards, four touchdowns and one interception. 

 

Nebraska-42  Fresno State-29

Nearly a miracle in Lincoln on Saturday. The Bulldogs took a three-point lead into halftime and added to it following an early third quarter field goal.  Cornhusker quarterback Taylor Martinez led the game in rushing touchdowns with two but the sophomore’s passing TD to Quincy Enunwa would give the hosts the lead and Nebraska wouldn’t look back from there.  Fresno State staged a late comeback effort that saw them down by two, but a 100-yard kickoff return sealed the deal for the No. 10 Cornhuskers.  With tough battles against Cal and Nebraska, the Bulldogs look for a much easier challenege against North Dakota next weekend. 

 

Louisiana Tech-48  Central Arkansas-42

La. Tech were less than impressive against their Southland Conference opponents but came away with the win in overtime to give the Bulldogs their second win of the season. Down 42-35 late in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs relied on their ground game and a rushing touchdown from Ray Holley, followed by one from Lennon Creer in overtime.  The Bulldogs survived a career night from Bears quarterback Nathan Dick, who completed 29 passes and amassed 370 yards while throwing for four touchdowns. 

 

Utah State- 54  Weber State- 17

After a four-point loss to last year’s national champion Auburn Tigers, the Aggies achieved the revenge they were seeking, against in-state rival Weber State. Robert Turbin led an upbeat Aggie squad with 180 rushing yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns.  The Wildcats posted a second quarter threat to the hosts when a touchdown pass and field goal gave Weber St. a seven point lead.  Turbin’s 14-yard touchdown run set the game at a 17-17 deadlock but Utah St. stormed out in the second half to shut the Wildcats out and score five unanswered touchdowns.

 

UCLA-27  San Jose State-17

The Spartans had Bruins fans worried heading into the fourth quarter, when San Jose State’s Brandon Rutley ran for a 65-yard touchdown, tying the game at 17-17 late in the third.  UCLA held their own in the fourth, scoring twice to help the Bruins to their first 2011 victory.  SJSU, still winless, couldn’t find an offensive rhythm and quarterback Dasmen Stewart was 15 for 31 with 111 yards and one interception.  Derrick Coleman and Jonathan Franklin combined for two rushing touchdowns and over 200 rushing yards for the Bruins, ultimately making the difference in this one.

ESPN: “Idaho aims high in 2009″

31 Aug

Graham Watson of ESPN.com previews the 2009 Vandal football season and finds that coach Robb Akey is thinking bowling for his squad, which went 2-10 last year.

When Idaho opened camp earlier this month, coach Robb Akey and his staff treated the Vandals to steaks to celebrate the start of a new year.

But as the players looked for plates for their steaks, all they found were bowls.

“It’s a little thing, but I want bowls in their heads,” Akey said. “And make that be a goal.”

Since Akey arrived in 2007, the Vandals have posted a 3-21 record and they’ve won one conference game. Idaho hasn’t had a winning season since 1999 and hasn’t been to a bowl since 1998.

But Akey has confidence in this year’s squad. For the first time since he arrived, he feels like his players are strong enough and fast enough to compete with the other teams in the WAC. He now also has an experienced team that knows what he and his staff expect.

“I think realistically this is where you’re going to be when you’re looking at building a program,” Akey said. “It takes a period of time, especially in football with the numbers that are involved, and you take into consideration when we first came in here there were some issues.”

A good read, if a little too quick to buy into Akey’s optimistic outlook. I think four wins would be cause for celebration — there are no gimme games on the Vandals’ 2009 schedule. While all four out-of-conference games are winnable, the roadtrip to Seattle could make or break the year. With a very winnable matchup against New Mexico State to open the season, Idaho will next face the 0-12 Washington Huskies – who will be out for blood after a near-certain blowout loss to LSU.

If the Vandals can fight off UW and open the season 2-0, things will be looking very bright indeed for Akey’s Army.

Read the rest of the ESPN article here.

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