Idaho Vandals football
|Idaho Vandals football|
|Athletic director||Dr. Rob Spear|
|Head coach||Paul Petrino
1st year, 1–10 (.091)
|Home stadium||Kibbie Dome|
|Stadium surface||RealGrass Pro (2007- )
Natural grass (1971)
|League||NCAA Division I (FBS)|
|Past conferences||Independent (2013)
Sun Belt (2001-04), (2014-)
Big West (1996-2000)
Big Sky (1963-95)
Pacific Coast (1922-58)
|All-time record||443–568–26 (.440)|
|Postseason bowl record||2–0 (1.000)|
|Playoff appearances||11 (Div. I-AA)|
|Playoff record||6–11 (.353)|
Silver and Gold
|Fight song||Go, Vandals, Go|
|Marching band||The Sound of Idaho|
The Idaho Vandals are a college football team that represents the University of Idaho. After playing the 2013 season as an Independent school of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of NCAA Division I, the Vandals became a football-only member of the Sun Belt Conference on July 1, 2014. The Idaho football program began competing in 1893 and has played home games at the Kibbie Dome since October 1971, an outdoor stadium for four seasons until enclosed in 1975.
Idaho returned to Division I-A competition (now called the FBS) in 1996. Through the 2010 season, the Vandals have an all-time record of 437–548–26. They have played in two bowl games in their history, close victories in the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise in 1998 and 2009.
On August 18, 2012, Idaho was cleared to stay in the Football Bowl Subdivision as an independent, after the WAC transitioned to a non-football playing Division I conference, after the 2012 season. Idaho would only remain a football independent for the 2013 season; on March 27 of that year, the Sun Belt Conference announced that Idaho, previously a football-only Sun Belt member in the 2001–2004 seasons, would return as a football-only member starting with the 2014 season.
|Big Sky||1965*||Steve Musseau|
|1968*||Y C McNease|
|1989||John L. Smith|
|Big West||1998||Chris Tormey|
|* denotes shared championship|
For 18 seasons (1978–95), Idaho was a member of Division I-AA (now FCS), and participated in the I-AA playoffs eleven times to compile a 6-11 playoff record. The Vandals were 4-4 at home and 2-7 on the road, with a 4-7 record in the first round (2-4 at home, 2-3 away). The best advancements were to the national semifinals in 1988 and 1993, but both seasons ended with road losses by large margins to the eventual national champions. The 1982 and 1990 teams advanced to the quarterfinals, but both lost close road games to the eventual national champions.
|1982||First||@ Idaho||21||Montana||7||Dennis Erickson
|Quarterfinal||@ E. Kentucky||38||Idaho||30|
|1985||First||E. Washington||42||@ Idaho||38|
|1986||First||@ Nevada-Reno||27||Idaho||7||Keith Gilbertson
|1987||First||Weber St.||59||@ Idaho||30|
|Quarterfinal||@ Idaho||38||Northwestern St.||30|
|1989||First||E. Illinois||38||@ Idaho||21||John L. Smith
|1990||First||Idaho||41||@ SW Missouri St.||35|
|Quarterfinal||@ Georgia So.||28||Idaho||27|
|1992||First||McNeese St.||23||@ Idaho||20|
|1993||First||Idaho||34||@ Northeast Louisiana||31|
|Quarterfinal||@ Idaho||21||Boston U.||14|
|Semifinal||@ Youngstown St.||35||Idaho||16|
|1994||First||@ McNeese St.||38||Idaho||21|
|1995||First||@ McNeese St.||33||Idaho||3||Chris Tormey|
All-time record vs. Sun Belt teams
Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits) against all current CUSA opponents as of the start of the 2014 season:
|1998||Humanitarian||Boise||Idaho Vandals||42||Southern Miss||35||Chris Tormey|
|2009||Humanitarian||Boise||Idaho Vandals||43||Bowling Green||42||Robb Akey|
- John Friesz – quarterback in the College Football Hall of Fame, 1989 Walter Payton Award, NFL (1990-2000)
- Mike Iupati - consensus All-American guard, first round (17th overall) pick in 2010 NFL Draft, San Francisco 49ers
- Jerry Kramer - five-time All-Pro guard (five NFL & two Super Bowl titles) with the Green Bay Packers (1958–68); author
- Jim Norton - safety, all-time AFL interceptions leader, first number retired (#43) by the Houston Oilers (1960–68)
- Jeff Robinson - 1993-2009, Broncos, Rams, Cowboys, Rams, Seahawks. Super Bowl Champion in Super Bowl XXXIV (Rams).
- Mark Schlereth - two-time Pro Bowl guard, three Super Bowl titles with the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos (1989-2000)
- Jake Scott - guard for the Philadelphia Eagles (2012– ), Tennessee Titans (2008–11), Indianapolis Colts (2004–07), including Super Bowl XLI.
- David Vobora - Mr. Irrelevant of the 2008 NFL Draft, linebacker with the Seattle Seahawks
- Wayne Walker - All-Pro linebacker with the Detroit Lions (1958–72), started 200 games; sportscaster
- Marvin Washington 1989-1999, Jets, 49ers, Broncos, 49ers. Super Bowl Champion in Super Bowl XXXIII (Broncos).
- John Yarno - first of two All-Americans from Idaho at FBS level, five-year starter at center for the Seattle Seahawks (1978–82)
- Jerry Campbell - linebacker (1966–75), inducted into Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1996
- Ken Hobart - quarterback, USFL (1984–85), CFL (1985–90), winner of Jeff Russel Memorial Trophy in 1985
(former Vandal football players)
|53||Wayne Walker||LB / C / LS||1955–57|
|64||Jerry Kramer||G / DT / PK||1955–57|
Top NFL Draft selections
|Ray McDonald||RB||13||1st||1967||Washington Redskins|
|Mike Iupati||G||17||1st||2010||San Francisco 49ers|
|Jerry Kramer||G / PK||39||4th||1958||Green Bay Packers|
|Doug Nussmeier||QB||116||4th||1994||New Orleans Saints|
|Carl Kiilsgaard||T||61||5th||1950||Chicago Cardinals|
|Ryan Phillips||LB||68||3rd||1997||New York Giants|
|Jim Prestel||DT||70||6th||1959||Cleveland Browns|
|Jim Norton||S / P||75||7th||1960||Detroit Lions|
|John Yarno||C||87||4th||1977||Seattle Seahawks|
|Jeff Robinson||DE / TE / LS||98||4th||1993||Denver Broncos|
|Mark Schlereth||G||263||10th||1989||Washington Redskins|
|John G. Griffith (a)||1902–1906||5||13||9||1||.587|
|John R. Middleton||1907–1908||1||3||4||0||.429|
|John S. Grogan||1909||1||2||3||0||.400|
|John G. Griffith (b)||1910–1914||5||15||13||1||.534|
|Wilfred C. Bleamaster||1916–1917||2||5||8||0||.385|
|Y C McNease||1968–1969||2||7||13||0||.350|
|Dennis Erickson (a)||1982–1985||4||32||15||0||.681|
|John L. Smith||1989–1994||6||53||21||0||.716|
|Dennis Erickson (b)||2006||1||4||8||0||.333|
|Jason Gesser ^||2012||1^||0||4||0||.000|
^ Interim head coach - Gesser coached the final four games of 2012 after Akey was relieved on October 21.
Future non-conference opponents
|at Florida||vs Ohio||at Washington State||vs UNLV||at Fresno State||at Wyoming||vs Nevada|
|vs Western Michigan||at USC||at UNLV||at Western Michigan||vs Wyoming||at Old Dominion|
|at Ohio||vs Wofford||vs Incarnate Word||at Nevada||at Northern Illinois|
|at San Diego State||at Auburn||at Temple|
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- "FCS Championship History (Known as I-AA from 1978-2006)". The FCS College Football Weekly Preview. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
- "John Friesz". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
- "Mark Schlereth Statistics". Pro-football-statistics.com. Retrieved 2010-12-23.
- ESPN.com - NFL Draft 2010 - "Idaho's '58 Specials" - 2010-04-10
- "Idaho Vandals Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. Retrieved 2014-06-25.