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Josh Wright
Corresponent - The Spokesman-Review

MOSCOW, Idaho - There might not be a more die-hard follower of University of Idaho men's basketball than Robb Akey. At just about every home game last winter, the Vandals' football coach and his two sons watched gleefully from the stands as Don Verlin reshaped the moribund program into a postseason participant.

Just don't bother drawing conclusions from what Verlin was able to achieve in his first year as coach and what Akey has yet to muster going into his third season on the gridiron.

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Sept. 5 at New Mexico St.
Sept. 19 vs. San Diego St. 
Oct. 10 at San Jose St.
Oct. 24 at Nevada 
Nov. 7 vs. Fresno St. 
 *Subject to change. All times TBA
Akey insists there are no parallels.

"You can't flip football overnight," he said. "It's much harder to do than basketball. Just the numbers that come into play, the physicality of the football game."

Patience has become a buzzword around UI football, and for good reason. Akey holds a 3-21 mark as Idaho coach and looks to have the bulk of a massive overhaul still in front of him as the Vandals begin preparations for the 2009 season.

Players must report to campus today, and the first practice of fall camp is Saturday afternoon at 3:30. Idaho opens the season on Sept. 5 at New Mexico State....

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