Idaho Vandals football
|Idaho Vandals football|
|First season||1893, 123 years ago|
|Athletic director||Rob Spear|
|Head coach||Paul Petrino
4th year, 6–29 (.171)
|Year built||1971, 45 years ago
|Field surface||RealGrass Pro
Natural grass (1971)
|NCAA division||NCAA Division I (FBS)|
|Past conferences||Independent (2013)
Sun Belt (2001–04)
Big Sky (1965–95)(2018–)
|All-time record||446–598–26 (.429)|
|Bowl record||2–0–0 (1.000)|
|Playoff appearances||11 (Div. I-AA)|
|Playoff record||6–11 (.353)|
|Colors||Vandal Gold and Silver
|Fight song||Go, Vandals, Go|
|Marching band||The Sound of Idaho|
The Idaho Vandals are the college football team that represents the University of Idaho and plays its home games at the Kibbie Dome, an indoor facility on campus in Moscow. Idaho is a football-only member of the Sun Belt Conference in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of NCAA Division I. The current head coach is Paul Petrino, in his third season in 2015.
The Idaho football program began competing 123 years ago in 1893, and through the 2015 season, the Vandals have an all-time record of 446–598–26 (.420).  They have played in two bowl games in their history, close victories in the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise in 1998 and 2009.
On April 28, 2016, the University announced the football program would drop down to FCS from FBS beginning in the 2018 season.
- 1 Conference affiliations
- 2 Conference championships
- 3 I-AA playoffs
- 4 All-time record vs. Sun Belt teams
- 5 Bowl history
- 6 Notable players
- 7 Top NFL Draft selections
- 8 Coaching records
- 9 Future non-conference opponents
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Idaho rejoined the Sun Belt Conference in 2014 after a season as an independent in 2013, and eight seasons in the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), which dropped football after the 2012 season. The Vandals were previously in the Sun Belt (also football only) from 2001 through 2004, after the Big West Conference dropped football.
The Idaho football program began competing in 1893, and was a member of the Pacific Coast Conference from 1922 to 1958. It was then an independent until 1965, when it began league play in the Big Sky Conference. At the time the other four football-playing schools in the conference were members of the College Division (today's Division II), while Idaho remained a member of the University Division (today's Division I) through 1977, except for and involuntary demotion for 1967 and 1968. It maintained University Division status by playing a majority of games against University Division opponents.
A charter member of the Big Sky in 1963, Idaho did not participate in league play for football until 1965, the Big Sky's third year, after the conference demanded it. With its upper division status, the Vandals were ineligible for the College Division (D-II) playoffs. Notably, in 1971, the Vandals won their first outright conference title in school history. However, runner-up Boise State received the Big Sky's automatic berth. Because of its hybrid status, Idaho requested to retain its higher allotment of football scholarships (75) than the other conference members (62), which was expectedly disallowed. The university received an invitation in 1973 to join the Pacific Coast Athletic Association (later the Big West), but the state board of education (concurrent board of regents) rejected it by a vote of 4 to 3. The Big Sky moved up to the new Division I-AA in 1978 (while Idaho moved down).
Idaho experienced its best years in football from 1985 to 1995, when it made the I-AA national playoffs in ten of eleven seasons with four different head coaches, reaching the semifinals twice. After 18 years in Division I-AA, Idaho returned to Division I-A competition (now called the FBS) in 1996 in the Big West.
On August 18, 2012, Idaho was cleared to stay in the Football Bowl Subdivision as an independent after the WAC announced it would drop football effective with the end of 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 would return as a football-only member starting with the 2014 season. Nearly two years later in 2016, the Sun Belt Conference announced via teleconference that neither the University of Idaho nor New Mexico State University would be renewed after the 2017 football season. Idaho will resume full membership in the Big Sky Conference in 2018 which participates in the Football Championship Subdivision
|Big Sky||1965 ^||Steve Musseau|
|1968 ^||Y C McNease|
|1982 ^||Dennis Erickson|
|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 Sun Belt opponents:
- Coastal Carolina Chanticleers football will begin competition in 2017
|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
- Ray McDonald, 13th overall pick in 1967 draft, running back for the Washington Redskins, 1967–68.
- 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.
- Wee Willie Smith – New York Giants
- 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 – defensive end (1989–1999) for Jets, 49ers, Broncos. Super Bowl Champion (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)
- Brian Allen – wide receiver, Edmonton Eskimos (1984)
- 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
- Craig Juntunen – quarterback (1978–79)
- Aaron Grymes – defensive back (2013–present)
(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|
|Wayne Walker||LB / C / LS / PK||45||4th||1958||Detroit Lions|
|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|
|Doug Nussmeier||QB||116||4th||1994||New Orleans Saints|
|John Friesz||QB||138||6th||1990||San Diego Chargers|
|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
Announced schedules as of February 1, 2016. However, with their drop to FCS beginning in 2018, all games are subject to change.
|vs Montana State||vs UNLV||at Fresno State||at Penn State||at LSU||at Indiana||at Indiana|
|at Washington||at Western Michigan||vs Wyoming||at Wyoming||vs San Jose State||vs Nevada||at Old Dominion|
|at Washington State||at Nevada||at Florida||at San Jose State||at Temple||at San Jose State||vs San Jose State|
|at UNLV||at Missouri||at Northern Illinois|
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