Change is coming to Idaho Vandal athletics, but what kind of change?

By Brian Murphy

Update, 4:28 p.m.: Idaho athletic director Rob Spear just tweeted: "Event Friday not about conference, facilities, games it's about Homecoming and another Vandal tradition for the Vandal family"

Update: I am hearing that the "change" is a change to the Vandals' logo.

Original post: Give the University of Idaho credit for drumming up suspense, intrigue and interest through a cryptic message posted on the school's official athletic site.

Vandal change

Along with the photo (see below) are these words:

Be the first to hear the news

Join President M. Duane Nellis and Athletic Director Rob Spear

SprinTurf practice field (east of the Kibbie Dome)

Friday Oct. 7, 3:30 p.m.

• So what kind of change is coming? New uniforms? New conference? New nickname? New facility project? Naming rights to the Kibbie Dome? Are the Vandals moving "south" — as implied by the geese — and holding some games in Boise?

The Vandals are keeping us guessing.

Hope it's something major since I really like the stealth nature of the promotion. But I'm prepared to be disappointed.

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Can you say????


Congrats on getting it in first.

Ha. I'm sure there will be about 1,000,000 more of those comments.

Go Vandals!



I've just failed miserably trying to be incognito.

Big Sky

They moved up in name only. They still play in the smallest D-1 stadium in the country and since the move they are 12-8 versus D-1AA teams. Five of those wins coming against ISU!

It had better be something big...

or there's going to be a lot of egg on Nellis' and Spear's faces. And a lot of angry/disappointed Vandal fans.

You don't make noise like this for anything short of a major donation and or facilities upgrades/construction... unless you're stupid.

Is it change you can believe in?

Well, that didn't exactly work the first time, did it?


I've just failed miserably trying to be incognito.

I've got big expectations.

Maybe Rob Spears will be doing an interpretive dance summarizing Idaho's football performance this season?

Maybe Akey signed a deal to be the voice on Slim Jim commercials after Macho Man Randy Savage's death?

Anxiously awaiting...

In my little fantasy world

the announcement is that they have just hired Gene Bleymaier and Dan Hawkins.

That would be nice, but...

I don't think Rob Spear would announce his replacement. But we could all hope for it!

That would be the smartest thing they could ever do

I always so, find someone successful and copy them.

Idaho, I suggest you copy Boise State. Follow our example, you know, like a little brother looking up to his big brother or a son following in Daddy's footsteps.

Who's your daddy Vandals? Who is your daddy!!!

Thanks for the laugh!!

Seriously, best comment of the day!!

Given the Prof. Bustamante murder/suicide.....

I'd like to think the U of I will conduct a mental eval of all members of the faculty (and coaches) prior to hire.


Are you seriously this dense? This article has nothing to do with that. If you can't stay on topic, please don't comment!

The 3rd Coming of Dennis................

Sorry Vandals, couldn't resist.

Hopin for positive news. Think big on facilities ;)

Good gosh.

I'd rather drag my chestnuts across shards of glass.

LOL Galena...

Well stated!

Wasn't that

mandatory during hate week?

i doubt

you have the hanging won tons to pull that one off.

The ( I ) logo ...

Is being re-instated on the pants.

It's the Larry Craig model....

velcro on three sides for easy access.

Spears will Join Craig

Rob Spears and Larry Craig are paired for next seasons Dancing with the Stars

You're happy because you'll TIVO that religiously.


I've just failed miserably trying to be incognito.


Today the UI will announce that as soon as the highschoolers are moved to the east complex, that UI will begin to play them (the highschool clubs) on a weekly basis in Boise, giving them a 50/50 chance to win a game on the road.

New Conference

Flying south... back to the Sun Belt Conference?

No way

The Sun Belt wouldn't take them back. They've upgraded the membership since Idaho left. They have no interest in adding a team that was in the bottom three of the league before the membership was improved.


The Sun Belt is MUCH MUCH worse than it was when Idaho was there. Nice comment. Why don't you do a little research before spouting off with your big mouth.

I know

who's in the Sun Belt and they are far better than Idaho, NMSU and USU were or are. They are better fits geographically, better basketball programs, better football programs and better cities to visit. Why don't you do a little research before whining and crying like a typical Vandull who can't handle the truth.

Here's your research, moron

Since joining the Sun Belt in 2005, Florida International, located in Miami, has a record of 21-51 and one bowl win. This is basically the same as Iduhho's sparkling 23-50 record and one bowl win in the WAC. Florida Atlantic, located in Fort Lauderdale, has a 31-42 record and two bowl wins, a record Vanholes can only dream about. In the same time, Utah State is 17-54 and NMSU is 16-58. This is comparable to Western Kentucky's 11-37 record since 2007, when they moved up from Division I-AA to join the Sun Belt.

Yes, obviously the Sun Belt is worse off because their new teams win more games and bowl games than the three bottom feeders who left, and they traded Las Cruces, Logan and Moosecow for Miami and Fort Lauderdale. So are you a liar, an idiot, or both?

he is both

he is a vandal, he has to be both


Wow, have some ice cream and cool off.

I'm omnipotent and you're not!

Muy mas Prozac!


I've just failed miserably trying to be incognito.

Additional improvements to the dome...

translucent glass paneled roof!

The Lucky....

13th member of the Pac-13. Sorry, couldn't resist.

With winter on the way, the U of I cheerleaders will......

be moved indoors for grazing.

Oh good,....

that means they found a way to get the UofI and BSU back together.

They won't get chilly that way.


I've just failed miserably trying to be incognito.

U of I has given Akey a new position at the U.....

Prof. of English Comp and Public Speakin'.

I thought it would be

Cardiology (Breaky)


I've just failed miserably trying to be incognito.

My guess

They finally got all the pigeons out of the rafters in the kibbie dome.

Wouldn't that be...

the Poop Coop?


I've just failed miserably trying to be incognito.

I Got It! I Got It !!

A Parade for the return of UGLY !!

Or...should I have said...Charade??

Or Even...Masquerade??

They Are Announcing A Highly Recruited RB Committed....

Check his film...

They doubled the salary of Caves and Prater and hired them......

to run the new Sports Information Office. (Needed someone who could speak Akey's language)

Do you mean INSULATION?


I've just failed miserably trying to be incognito.

New Uniforms

I have it from a reliable source...the Vandals will don new uniforms...made from various fur bearing animals and they will add the ever popular horns to their helmets. The Cheerleaders will also not be allowed to comb their hair during the football season.

Isn't that how things are in

Isn't that how things are in moscow already? Hopefully the change is giving Idaho to WSU so the vandals become non existent (even though they already are) Give UI to washington like we should have done a hundred years ago, but instead put a crap school in the north so washington couldn't claim N. Idaho. Clearly we have the territory now, so do us all a favor UI and give yourselves up. Its over.

Idaho is launching a new Athletic Dept. fundraiser........

"Tattoos for the U." Kind of a spin off from The Ohio State University.

Tattoo You is not of Ohio State, Dummy....It is of

the Rolling Stones....

Good idea though....

Bronco Nation could adopt 'Start Me Up' as fund raising theme song....

Start Me Up,
Please drop your money in our pots,
Start Me Up,
Dont Be a Tight Wad and give alots.

Dont Make a Grown Man cry,
Do not leave Bronco Nation dry,

so, Start Us Up....
Unload your wallets in our pots,
this will go to 10,000 seats and thanks alot,

so Start Me Up!

New Conference

The BIG news is...........they plan on applying to join the Big LEast Conference. News on the street has it that the Big LEast conference is huntnig for a new anchor for their sinking ship. The Vandals feel they have a good shot at becomming a member of their SS Titanic because of the Vandal's stellar football and basketball teams. The Big LEast feels they will probably have a year or two of BCS AQ status before it is taken away and needs another chump so Rutgers or UConn can get a BCS game before getting dumped.


Is that the same Big East that would not even consider BSU as a member? Yes, yes it is. The same Big East that said BSU did not possess the proper level of educational standards to be a part of their AQ conference? Yes, yes it is!