By Brian Murphy
Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear said the school could announce a 2013 football schedule as soon as this week. Spear made his remarks on the postgame show after the Vandals' 38-7 loss at Texas State.
“We have made the decision that we’re going to go down this independent route. I think we’ve invested too much time and money. I know there’s a lot people that feel otherwise. But the schedule’s coming along. I feel pretty good about having 11 secure games and Friday I thought I had 12. The way football scheduling goes, I lost a game on Friday, but I’m hopeful I’ll be able to pick one up this week and hopefully we can come out and announce that schedule," he said, according to Josh Wright of the Spokesman (Spokane, Wash.) Review.
The Vandals could open the season at Arkansas State as part of a home-and-home deal, according to a report by Scout.com. Spear told the Idaho Statesman on Monday that he does not have a signed contract for that game.
Idaho has four games scheduled for 2013 — vs. Northern Illinois and at Washington State, at Wyoming and at Mississippi. The Vandals need five home games as per NCAA rules. Spear has also suggested that Idaho and fellow WAC leftover New Mexico State could play twice next season.