By Brian Murphy
Big Sky Commissioner Doug Fullerton said Wednesday it is likely that the Idaho Vandals will join his league in all sports beside football for the 2014-15 season.
"We're down to the last two sentences in our agreement," Fullerton said.
Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear said in a text message earlier this week that there was nothing to report on the Vandals' plans.
Idaho received permission from the State Board of Education to pursue membership in the Big Sky in all sports, including football. The Vandals also have permission to begin scheduling as a Football Bowl Subdivision independent for 2013.
Idaho is currently a member of the WAC, which has said it will not sponsor football in 2013.
If Idaho is unable to schedule as an FBS independent, it could prompt the Vandals to move to the Big Sky for the 2013-14 season in all sports, including football, Fullerton said.
Idaho would be eligible for the Big Sky title in football or the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs as soon as "they get down to 63 grants (scholarships)," Fullerton said.
Idaho currently awards 85 scholarships as a member of the FBS.
Fullerton said he is confident in striking an agreement with the Vandals.
"We're steadily moving forward. I'm very confident that Idaho will be playing in the Big Sky sooner rather than later," Fullerton said.