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Vandals receiver Scott learns on the run

MOSCOW, Idaho – Mike Scott looked at the caller I.D. on his phone. It was the day before he was scheduled to leave for Las Cruces, N.M., and Idaho defensive …


UI bowled over

MOSCOW, Idaho – It wasn’t supposed to go this way. Not in the first game in the spiffed-up Kibbie Dome. Not after Idaho football coach Robb Akey declared his team …


Senior QB Brian Reader leads Vandals into opener

MOSCOW, Idaho – On the first day of fall camp last month, Idaho football coach Robb Akey approached Brian Reader – a senior who bided his time behind a four-year …


Ex-Vandal Keo works to catch on with Texans

HOUSTON – Shiloh Keo is a cold-weather guy, and he instantly recalls the most frigid conditions he played in during his four-year career at Idaho. In November 2009, his junior …


Idaho makes strides in firming up its defense

MOSCOW, Idaho – The defensive line seems capable of withstanding the toll of a 12-game season. The linebackers are battle-tested and, in the words of their coach, can “flat run.” …


Gesser coaches Idaho’s running backs with QB’s eyes

MOSCOW, Idaho – Robb Akey, a football coach for more than 20 years, went into the interview with the former quarterback who was hoping for his first full-time college coaching …


Gesser can teach ‘em a thing or two at UI

Robb Akey, a football coach for more than 20 years, went into the interview with the former quarterback who was hoping for his first full-time college coaching gig with one …


Vandals show off Kibbie Dome update

Taken altogether, the facelift is striking. Once perpetually dark, outdated and structurally unsafe, the Kibbie Dome looks, in the words of University of Idaho football coach Robb Akey, “much classier …


Vandals’ explosiveness tempered by injury, goal line struggles

MOSCOW, Idaho – How much progress has the Idaho offense made? Steve Axman, the Vandals’ offensive coordinator, pondered that question and immediately went back to early April to draw a …


Gonzaga Prep, University eliminated at state Legion

Gonzaga Prep and University saw their baseball seasons end Friday at the Legion Junior State tournament, and both lost in the bottom of the seventh inning. Christopher Burt’s run-scoring single …


Hard work begins to pay off as Vandals hit field

MOSCOW, Idaho – Day after day this summer, Idaho football players – the ones who stayed in town – stuck to the same routine. They would make their way through …


Former Vandal, Cougar Hopson finds way to Argentina

Phil and Lauren Hopson’s only son was born in Argentina in 1986, and soon after the new parents had the same thought: Perhaps their boy would return one day to …


Area roundup: Bandits advance to championship round at state

Blake Bozett finished 5 for 6 with four runs and the Spokane Bandits banged out 28 hits to outlast Pepsi Pak 24-20 at the American Legion Senior state tournament at …


Vandals hire ex-Cougar QB Gesser

PULLMAN – Jason Gesser was always good at reversing his field. He did it Thursday, when the University of Idaho announced the former Washington State quarterback had joined football coach …


Vandals improve APR but lose one scholarship

The University of Idaho is the only local NCAA Division I school that suffered any fallout from the most recent Academic Progress Rates numbers, released by the NCAA on Tuesday. …


Vandals lose scholarship despite APR improvement

The University of Idaho is the only local NCAA Division I school that suffered any fallout from the most recent Academic Progress Rates numbers, released by the NCAA on Tuesday.


Roberts sets WSU freshman record in steeplechase

Ruby Roberts set a Washington State University freshman record in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase Thursday, placing third in the Open A section at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif. …


Blanchette: Idaho’s Pope soars in pole vaulting, more

Fair warning from Jason Graham: “This is going to sound silly.” Try us.


Idaho’s Pope perfects Superman act

Fair warning from Jason Graham: “This is going to sound silly.” Try us. “I attach superhero names to my athletes,” said the University of Idaho’s pole vault swami.


WSU rallies past Gonzaga for baseball win

Richie Ochoa (3-0) pitched 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief Tuesday as Washington State (10-10) rallied for a 17-11 nonconference baseball win over visiting Gonzaga (13-8-1) at Bailey-Brayton Field. Ochoa …


NIC women in national JC basketball semis

North Idaho College claimed its 30th victory of the women’s basketball season with a 66-38 victory over the State Fair CC Roadrunners on Thursday night to advance to the semifinals …


San Francisco ends Vandals’ season at CollegeInsider.com

SAN FRANCISCO – Idaho men’s basketball coach Don Verlin never hesitated afterward: The Vandals, he said, had a remarkable year given the expectations. Still, they no doubt would like a …


Vandals travel to San Francisco for CollegeInsider.com

MOSCOW, Idaho – Two seasons ago, when the postseason-starved Idaho men’s basketball team extended its season for the first time since 1990, Brandon Wiley remembers the feeling of elation. This …


San Jose State thrives on outside game in WAC tournament win over Idaho

LAS VEGAS – After doing just about everything right to dig out of a nine-point deficit in the second half, the Idaho Vandals did just everything wrong with the outcome …


Nevada knocks ailing Vandals out of WAC tournament

LAS VEGAS – Short-handed and running on fumes, the University of Idaho women’s basketball team gave Nevada all it could handle deep into the second half. That’s when the tiring …


Vandals’ Jeff Ledbetter enjoys his role as crowd’s villain

MOSCOW, Idaho – An afternoon practice in late February is over, and now the easy part begins for Jeff Ledbetter. Idaho men’s basketball coach Don Verlin tells his players to …


Olorunnife became rebounding wizard for Idaho Vandals

Given an opportunity, Yinka Olorunnife seized it. ‘Seize’ is the operative word.


Geiger’s career-best 11 assists help Idaho turn back Hawaii

MOSCOW, Idaho – Idaho senior guard Jeff Ledbetter plopped down in his chair in the University of Idaho media room and immediately his eyes scanned across the scoresheet to the …


Vandals blow lead, lose in 2 overtimes

An intentional foul on Brandon Wiley with 23 seconds left – called after the fact when the referees looked at the video – helped San Jose State force overtime. And …


Vandals build on recent success

A family feel inside the program and heightened expectations – those are the two themes Robb Akey heard over and over again from recruits after they took official visits to …