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Idaho Vandals football
2015 Idaho Vandals football team
University of Idaho Vandals logo.svg
First season 1893, 123 years ago
Athletic director Dr. Rob Spear
Head coach Paul Petrino
3rd year, 6–29 (.171)
Stadium Kibbie Dome
Year built 1971, 45 years ago
1975 (enclosed)
Seating capacity 16,000
Field surface RealGrass Pro
(2007–present)
AstroTurf
(1990–2006)
TartanTurf
(1972–1989)
Natural grass (1971)
Location Moscow, Idaho
NCAA division NCAA Division I (FBS)
Conference Sun Belt
Past conferences Independent (2013)
WAC (2005–12)
Sun Belt (2001–04)
Big West
(1996–2000)
Big Sky (1965–95)
Independent
(1959–64)
Pacific Coast
(1922–58)
All-time record 450–599–27 (.431)
Bowl record 2–0–0 (1.000)
Playoff appearances 11   (Div. I-AA)
Playoff record 6–11 (.353)
Conference titles 10
Consensus All-Americans 1
Colors

Silver and Gold

          
Fight song Go, Vandals, Go
Mascot Joe Vandal
Marching band The Sound of Idaho
Outfitter Nike
Website GoVandals.com

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.[1] 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,[2] and through the 2015 season, the Vandals have an all-time record of 450–599–27 (.431).[2] They have played in two bowl games in their history, close victories in the Humanitarian Bowl in Boise in 1998 and 2009.[3]

Conference affiliations[edit]

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,[2] 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 College Division (today's Division II) and Idaho maintained its University Division status through 1977 (except for the involuntary demotion for 1967 and 1968)[4][5] by playing a majority of its games against University Division (later Division I-A) opponents.[6]

A charter member in 1963, Idaho did not participate in league play for football until 1965,[7][8][9] 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, noticeable in 1971 when they were league champs and runner-up Boise State advanced. Because of its hybrid status, Idaho requested to retain its higher allotment of football scholarships (75) than the other conference members (62),[6][10] which was expectedly disallowed.[11] The university received an invitation in 1973 to join the PCAA (later Big West),[12][13] but the state board of education (concurrent board of regents) rejected it by a vote of 4 to 3.[11][14][15] 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.

Conference championships[edit]

The Vandals have won ten conference championships in their history,
nine of them in the Big Sky.[16]

Conference Season Head Coach
Big Sky   1965 ^ Steve Musseau
  1968 ^ Y C McNease
1971 Don Robbins
  1982 ^ Dennis Erickson
1985
1987 Keith Gilbertson
1988
1989 John L. Smith
  1992 ^
Big West 1998 Chris Tormey
^ denotes shared championship

I-AA playoffs[edit]

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.[17]

Season Round Score Head Coach
1982 First @ Idaho 21 Montana 7 Dennis Erickson
(1–2)
Quarterfinal @ E. Kentucky 38 Idaho 30
1985 First E. Washington 42 @ Idaho 38
1986 First @ Nevada-Reno 27 Idaho 7 Keith Gilbertson
(2–3)
1987 First Weber St. 59 @ Idaho 30
1988 First @ Idaho 38 Montana 19
Quarterfinal @ Idaho 38 Northwestern St. 30
Semifinal @ Furman 38 Idaho 7
1989 First E. Illinois 38 @ Idaho 21 John L. Smith
(3–5)
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
(0–1)

All-time record vs. Sun Belt teams[edit]

Official record (including any NCAA imposed vacates and forfeits) against all current Sun Belt opponents:

Opponent Won Lost Tied Percentage Streak First Last
Appalachian State 0 2 0 .000 Lost 2 2014 2015
Arkansas State 4 7 0 .364 Lost 3 1975 2015
Georgia Southern 0 3 0 .000 Lost 3 1990 2015
Georgia State 0 0 0
Louisiana–Lafayette 1 3 0 .250 Won 1 2001 2004
Louisiana–Monroe 4 3 0 .571 Won 1 1993 2015
New Mexico State 15 7 0 .682 Lost 1 1971 2015
South Alabama 0 2 0 .000 Lost 2 2014 2015
Texas State 4 4 0 .500 Won 1 1990 2015
Troy 1 2 0 .333 Won 1 2004 2015
Totals 29 33 0 .468

Bowl history[edit]

The Vandals have played in two bowls since rejoining the FBS and have won both.[3]

Season Bowl City Score Head Coach
1998   Humanitarian     Boise     Idaho Vandals     42     Southern Miss     35     Chris Tormey  
2009 Humanitarian Boise Idaho Vandals 43 Bowling Green 42 Robb Akey

Notable players[edit]

NFL[edit]

CFL[edit]

Coaches[edit]

(former Vandal football players)

Other[edit]

Retired numbers[edit]

  Number   Player Position(s) Varsity
seasons
9 Ken Hobart QB   198083  
17 John Friesz QB 198689
53   Wayne Walker     LB / C / LS   1955–57
56 John Yarno C 1973–76
64 Jerry Kramer G / DT / PK 1955–57


Top NFL Draft selections[edit]

Player Position Overall
Pick
Round   NFL  
Draft
Franchise
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
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

Coaching records[edit]

Head Coach Years Seasons Wins Losses Ties Pct.
Fred Herbold 1900–1901 2 4 2 1 .643
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
Charles Rademacher 1915 1 1 4 1 .250
Wilfred C. Bleamaster 1916–1917 2 5 8 0 .385
Ralph Hutchinson 1919 1 2 3 0 .400
Thomas Kelley 1920–1921 2 8 5 1 .607
Matty Mathews 1922–1925 4 16 14 2 .531
Charles Erb 1926–1928 3 10 9 5 .521
Leo Calland 1929–1934 6 21 30 0 .412
Ted Bank 1935–1940 6 18 33 3 .361
Francis Schmidt 1941–1942 2 7 12 0 .368
Babe Brown 1945–1946 2 2 15 0 .118
Dixie Howell 1947–1950 4 13 20 1 .397
Babe Curfman 1951–1953 3 7 19 1 .278
Skip Stahley 1954–1961 8 22 51 1 .304
Dee Andros 1962–1964 3 11 16 1 .411
Steve Musseau 1965–1967 3 13 17 0 .433
Y C McNease 1968–1969 2 7 13 0 .350
Don Robbins 1970–1973 4 20 24 0 .455
Ed Troxel 1974–1977 4 16 25 3 .398
Jerry Davitch 1978–1981 4 15 29 0 .341
Dennis Erickson (a) 19821985 4 32 15 0 .681
Keith Gilbertson 19861988 3 28 9 0 .757
John L. Smith 1989–1994 6 53 21 0 .716
Chris Tormey 1995–1999 5 33 23 0 .589
Tom Cable 2000–2003 4 11 35 0 .239
Nick Holt 2004–2005 2 5 18 0 .217
Dennis Erickson (b) 2006 1 4 8 0 .333
Robb Akey 20072012 6 20 50 0 .286
Jason Gesser ^ 2012  1^ 0 4 0 .000
Paul Petrino 2013–present 3 6 29 0 .171
Totals (1893–2015) Total 118 450 599 27 .431

^ Interim head coach - Gesser coached the final four games of 2012 after Akey was relieved on October 21.

Future non-conference opponents[edit]

Announced schedules as of February 1, 2016

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
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

Source:[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kibbie Dome". IdahoPTV. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  2. ^ a b c "Idaho Historical Data". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 20, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Idaho Bowl History". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  4. ^ "Ostyn says Pacific cost major status". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 9, 1967. p. 15. 
  5. ^ "NCAA ups 4 colleges". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 2, 1969. p. 22. 
  6. ^ a b "Axe falls on Idaho football program". Ellensburg Daily Record (Washington). UPI. December 7, 1973. p. 7. 
  7. ^ Johnson, Bob (January 31, 1964). "Vandals versus Big Sky". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Spokane). p. 11. 
  8. ^ "Only winning will satisfy Idaho this gridiron season". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). September 14, 1965. p. 18. 
  9. ^ Payne, Bob (October 23, 1965). "Idaho opens campaign for Big Sky crown". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). p. 11. 
  10. ^ Johnson, Bob (November 27, 1972). "Even 110 rides too few". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington). p. 17. 
  11. ^ a b "Idaho bid is rejected again". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington). Associated Press. July 17, 1973. p. 15. 
  12. ^ "Idaho given PCAA bid". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. June 8, 1973. p. 24. 
  13. ^ "League accepts Vandals; Big Sky vote key factor". Spokane Daily Chronicle (Washington). Associated Press. June 8, 1973. p. 17. 
  14. ^ Payne, Bob (July 22, 1973). "Robbins:'Gotta say something...'". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). p. 1-sports. 
  15. ^ "Idaho board delays withdrawal action". Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. June 16, 1973. p. 16. 
  16. ^ "Idaho Conference Championships". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  17. ^ "FCS Championship History (Known as I-AA from 1978-2006)". The FCS College Football Weekly Preview. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  18. ^ "John Friesz". College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  19. ^ "Mark Schlereth Statistics". Pro-football-statistics.com. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  20. ^ ESPN.com - NFL Draft 2010 - "Idaho's '58 Specials" - 2010-04-10
  21. ^ "Idaho Vandals Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. Retrieved 2016-02-03. 

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