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Idaho coach Robb Akey terminated

21 Oct

Idaho football coach Robb Akey has been terminated effective immediately and Offensive Coordinator Jason Gesser will take over as head coach on an interim basis, the athletic department announced Sunday.

“The President (Duane Nellis) and I believe it is important to make this move now so we can immediately begin the process of hiring a new coach for the 2013 season,” Athletic Director Rob Spear said. “We appreciate Coach Akey’s enthusiasm and dedication to the University of Idaho but this is the right move at this time.”

The termination comes on the heels of Akey’s 70th game as coach of the Vandals, a 70-28 loss at La. Tech. Akey is 20-50 in his five-and-a-half seasons with Idaho and 1-7 this season.

Spear said a search for Akey’s replacement will begin immediately.

News conference audio —

Rob Spear


Jason Gesser


Akey signed a contract extension in June 2010 following the Vandals’ Humanitarian Bowl victory. The extension was set to extend through 2014. Per terms of the agreement, if terminated, Akey would receive his base annual salary of $165,796.80 per year “until the terms of this agreement ends or until (Akey) obtains employment, which occurs first.”

In Akey’s third season with the Vandals, he led the team to a 8-5 record which included a Humanitarian Bowl victory, Idaho’s second ever bowl victory.

Notable players to play under Akey include San Francisco 49ers left guard Mike Iupati, Houston Texans safety Shiloh Keo and former Chicago Bears quarterback Nathan Enderle.

Idaho starting quarterback Dominique Blackman along with other Vandals took to Twitter following Akey’s termination to express their feelings.

Gesser, who has been on the Idaho staff for two seasons, spent time as a quarterback in the NFL and Canadian Football League after playing his college football at Washington State. Before coming to Idaho, Gesser coached the Eastside Catholic High School Crusaders from Sammamish, Wash., for two seasons.

WAC Tournament: Idaho Women vs Fresno State

10 Mar

The Idaho women were blown out by the Fresno State Bulldogs in the quarterfinal round of the WAC Tournament. The Vandals were unable to get any offensive pressure in the first half, which put them in a hole they were unable to recover from. Photos courtesy of Ilya Pinchuk

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Highlights from Idaho’s 114-73 win over Willamette University

7 Nov

The Vandals blew past Willamette Saturday night, putting up 114 points in a shootout victory. In case you missed the game, here are some highlights with a sports center-style commentary.

The roundup — Oct. 13

13 Oct

Phew, mid terms are here and to say we’ve been swamped with coursework is an understatement. Regardless, we’ll try and keep up to date on Vandal events. We hope these quasi-daily roundups will help keep everyone informed of the progress happening in Vandal Nation. A big shout out to the UI Argonaut, which has agreed to share their killer content with us (helps when you know the editor :)). They have some great writers and help us fill in the gaps, as one person certainly can’t be in five places at once.


  • First and foremost, the Idaho Vandals soccer squad broke several school records this weekend, as they notched victories over Louisiana Tech and New Mexico State. You can check out my coverage of the events for the UI Argonaut here.
  • The Vandal volleyball team rebounded against the Nevada Wolf Pack. Kevin Bingaman of the UI Argonaut has the story.
  • Idaho’s swimming and diving team kicked off their 2010 season with the first official meet. Two freshmen Vandals medaled in their first career college races. Argonauts Vicky Hart has the scoop.
  • Vicky also followed the women’s golf squad as they traveled to Tacoma and reports on their disappointing results.
  • We’ve also partnered with professor Julie Scott’s Sports Broadcast Journalism class, which produces videos for a hour-long segment called ‘Inside the Vandals’ seen locally on KLEW every Thursday. They have been kind enough to share their work with us as well as the university. There is some high-quality work coming from these up and coming journalists. For proof, check out their feature story on Idaho football tight end Daniel Hardy.
  • Ever wanted to know how the UI swimming and diving team gears up for races. Inside the Vandals takes you behind the scenes.
  • The Idaho Statesman has an interesting write-up of the WAC football voting and rankings. Check it out here.
  • In case you haven’t heard, the UI will finally be represented, as Horizon Air is painting one of their planes in the great silver and gold colors of UI.

That’s it for this edition of the roundup. Keep checking back here, and follow us on Twitter, for the (hopefully) latest updated on Vanda sports!

Rolling the dice

5 Oct

Idaho coach Robb Akey and the Vandals aren’t ones to shy away from risky plays.

The squad proved it last year with a stunning two-point conversion in the Humanitarian Bowl victory over Bowling Green, and it was cemented again this weekend as the Vandals torched the No. 4 passing team in the nation, taking down Western Michigan 33-13.

“Boy, we are smiling again,” Akey said. “We are back to feeling good about things again.”

The game saw Idaho’s defense roll over Western Michigan quarterback Alex Carder and Enderle and the offense sync up for three touchdowns, but the specialty teams and gutsy play-calling stole the show.

With the game tied 3-3 in the second half, Idaho’s offense sputtered to a stop. Facing a fourth-and-13 situation, Akey decided to break the game open. Setting up to punt, Idaho instead put the ball in the hands of safety Shiloh Keo, who caught the WMU Broncos off guard and sprinted 35 yards into WMU territory.

“It was fourth and forever and the coaches looked at me like ‘hey, you know, if it’s there…’, they wanted me to make the decision,” Keo said.

“Sure enough, it was wide open like I thought it would be and we were able to get some big yardage. It felt like I had a punt return to the house because I had to run all the way down (the field).”

Enderle did the rest — on the next play, the senior quarterback tossed a perfectly-placed 30-yard pass to Kama Bailey for Idaho’s first touchdown and a lead the Vandals wouldn’t relinquish.
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Photo Gallery: Idaho soccer vs. Portland State

1 Oct

Kate Kucharzyk provides a visual look at the University of Idaho soccer squad’s 3-2 win over Portland State on Tuesday. The Vandals are off to their best start in school history with a 9-3 record.

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Photo Gallery: Vandal Volleyball falls to Cal Poly

10 Sep

The University of Idaho volleyball team fell to Cal Poly in their home opener and Argonaut photographer Kate Kucharzyk provides us a visual look at the game for those who couldn’t make it. Kudos to Kate for sharing them with us.

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