Akey fired as Idaho's football coach

By Brian Murphy
bmurphy@idahostatesman.com

Idaho football coach Robb Akey has been fired, the school announced Sunday afternoon.

“The President (Duane Nellis) and I believe it is important to make this move now so we can immediately begin the process of hiring a new coach for the 2013 season,” Athletic Director Rob Spear said in a statement. “We appreciate Coach Akey’s enthusiasm and dedication to the University of Idaho but this is the right move at this time.”

Akey was 20-50 in five-plus seasons with the Vandals. Idaho is 1-7 this season after Saturday's 70-28 loss at Louisiana Tech. Akey led the Vandals to a victory in the 2009 Humanitarian Bowl in Boise, just the second bowl win in program history. It was Idaho's only winning season under Akey.

Offensive coordinator Jason Gesser will serve as interim coach.

Spear said a search for Akey’s replacement will begin immediately.

Akey’s contract, which expires in December 2014, has a base salary of $165,796. The school must pay Akey his base salary until the end of the contract or it must pay the difference between the base salary and Akey's new salary if he is hired elsewhere.

He was scheduled to earn an additional $210,000 for media programs and public appearances from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.

Idaho will play the 2013 season as a Football Bowl Subdivision independent. The Vandals announced their schedule on Friday. The WAC, the Vandals' current league, will not sponsor football in 2013.

Gesser, a former Washington State quarterback, is in his second season as a college football assistant coach, both with Idaho.

Yup nothing

Visited the battlefield hundreds of times and wrote a 250 page thesis. Now stfu. You know nothing and all agree you're a bum..Broncos and Vandals.

BTW...spelling the actual site correctly might make you sound smarter. Geesus dude.

Φ ugly will come up with

"insitedness" as his latest myoptic piece of brilliance.

After he gets back from Crow Agency.

JL

That's low-life comment.

SIF you made it!

It's good to have you here. The board needs another vandal nerd I can make fun of. You and ugly have a combined IQ of 90. Maybe.

Seriously, your Twitter account is an embarrassment to anyone who uses the Internet. Do people care if you go to Salt Lake? Geezus man, get a freaking life.

JL

Hmmm...stalking again?

In a town of 25,000 at most which includes

college students, what can you expect....

Moscow needs to focus on education first and get back into the lime-light on that....'

then, get rid of football--it has no purpose anymore. Focus on good basketball and maybe another such as excellence in running. Moscow has at least two Olympic Gold medalists that I know of, maybe more?

Be more like Gonzaga and quit chasing the losing mentality of Boise....

Football

has no purpose? How do you figure?

Get back in the limelight?

You're a moron. Focus on education first? Are you kidding me? Enrollment, academics, research, endowment, etc have never been better at UI.

Think (or do a Google search at the very least) before you type.

Wow

The vandals are starting to tear each other apart.

Φ Yeah,

all that friction!

Tearing each other apart

Its no wonder alums turn on each other. Senior leadership are allowed to belittle and backstab each other and go unchecked. Spear, Murray, even their provost gets into tearing each other down and their boss doesn't do anything about it. They plead their case and dis each other to alums and friends. Its too bad. The University community is the loser.

Now this is a thoughtful post

Well said and right on the money.

Some_Guy....

I am a Vandal too....

I was refering to a continual focus on that stuff, not as if lacking but to continue its excellence....football just is no longer a Vandal issue....

I know Vandal history so I dont need to google it....

I don't agree with you

Football can and should be a Vandal issue.

Some_Guy....

maybe you are right....time will tell....

As Vandals, lets agree to disagree but then to agree again....

University of Idaho !!!!

also, go Broncos....

Some Guy

I think FBS football is in UI's DNA since UI participated in the FBS for the first 80 years of the University's existence. However, on July 18, 1973 that all changed when the SBOE demanded that UI drop down to Division II and denied UI the opportunity to accept an invitation to the PCAA.

At that point the wheels came off the cart and it has been an uphill battle to return to FBS. That's why football is still relevent. However, I'm wondering if UI should just drop all athletics and soley focus on academics. For some reason the residents of Idaho don't support it's University to be a FBS program and without this support perhaps UI should try to stop trying to swim past the dam.

ΦKeep squeezing

those limes.

"... the losing mentality of Boise...."

ugly, the "myoptic visionary" with "insightedness".

just call him

cyclops

Ha ha ha ha ha!!

I'd love to hear your tune if Idaho was WINNING at football. You'd be talking about what a contribution a football team makes to the esprit de corps on campus, the stature of the institution on the national stage and all manner of other accolades. If it's all about education, why do my Vandal neighbors across the street take the football team SO seriously? Why don't they tell me how they drove to Moscow last weekend to watch the debating team or listen to a grad student deliver their dissertation? Emphasis on education is what lousy schools TALK about when their football team sucks.

Ha ha ha ha ha!!

I'd love to hear your tune if Idaho was WINNING at football. You'd be talking about what a contribution a football team makes to the esprit de corps on campus, the stature of the institution on the national stage and all manner of other accolades. If it's all about education, why do my Vandal neighbors across the street take the football team SO seriously? Why don't they tell me how they drove to Moscow last weekend to watch the debating team or listen to a grad student deliver their dissertation? Emphasis on education is what lousy schools TALK about when their football team sucks.

Derek Dooley....

May be looking for a job soon. And if he saved any of his millions from Tennessee, he should be able to survive on Idaho pay for a while.

I had hoped Akey would be the type of person to be able to push the Vandals in the right direction. He started with a team that had a good QB and RB, but to only be able to produce 1 winning season, that's just poor.

Perhaps back in the Big Sky will serve as a good fit for him.

The problem was

NOT Robb Akey. The problem IS Nellis and Spear. The IBOE should clean house up there at Moscow State.

The SBOE have no clue...they

The SBOE have no clue...they think BSU actually hold class and presents degrees.

Love all the haters

who talk smack about education at BSU, but can't spell or use proper english while doing it.

ISBOE

They aren't going to fire a president over athletics. They haven't done anything about Vallis at ISU who has the entire University after him. Lets just hope the SBOE demands Nellis get his house in order.

I bet Akey is dancing in the streets!

Gets paid to get out of that mess!!!! How sweet is that?

This had better not be a surprise

If anybody is shocked by this, you haven't been watching what's going on at Idaho closely enough. Rod Spear will be next. And the next head coach will be hired with the understanding that, after next year, Idaho will be an FCS member of the Big Sky.

And that's not a bad thing, not a bad thing at all. I realize that I'm probably a broken record by now, but I really do believe that Idaho can be an FCS power and a perennial Big Sky champion. What the school needs right now is an AD and a football coach who can shepherd the school through the turmoil of an independent season and make the move to the Big Sky a smooth one. In particular, they're going to have to ease the ire of the alumni who feel like such a change is a failure. It's not - not even close. What would be a failure would be to continue this charade of football independence as a precursor of moving to an FBS conference.

Anyway, regardless of how this plays out, I hope that Idaho is successful.

Nellis and Spear

. . . are about to discover there is no bottom to Murphy's Law.

Leadership

It shouldn't surprise anyone that Akey is out. And Spear should be next. He does not have a good relationship with ANY of his coaches. It's also time for President Nellis to step up and lead. As President he needs to make tough calls - he hasn't. He wants to wait too long and hope things work out. As a result people like Murray and Spear are allowed to rip the Univeristy apart with little to no accountability. The legacy of UI deserves better.

foreducation....thanks and as a Vandal

myself, I could have not said it any better....

And, I will add that Vandal excellence and its richness and endowment funds and what it is today was paved by mostly of the Vandals from 1930s through the early 1990s....

then came the yuppies....

Long live...

Pokey's Curse.

What curse would that be?

What curse would that be?

ah harley

you're not that out of touch are you? so you are a vandal. tough break on those alumni rules that prevent you from being in the alumni club.

Oh come on Bronco IQ<81.

Oh come on Bronco IQ<81. What curse? Are you telling me life's not fair and that your mighty Broncos have never kicked an on-side kick leading 42 to 7? What Alumni Club? Did you hold another secret meeting in your Club House with the rest of the gang and not invite me? Oh the unhumanity! I guess I am now entitled to a curse which I will bestow on the Bandwagon Broncos! Consider yourself curse and thank you for the opportunity!

At least you finally admit your

team after all these years. What took so long?

Yes, I'm a Vandal, a Duck, a

Yes, I'm a Vandal, a Duck, a Beaver, an Aztec, a Horned Frog, a Wolf Pack, a Sooner, a Tiger, a Spartan....I was a Runnin Rebel on Saturday. I am any team that plays the Broncos. I am in the official anti-Bronco Bandwagon...it helps balance the world.

Its a lonely world then

But, you'll always have ugly as a play buddy.

At least you will to re-write Benteen and

Reno in your thesis....

...

.

well harley

given that boise state rarely loses, you are frequently an unhappy person. go ride your harley but remember, harley riders never ride by themselves. they need to have a ride home.

On goodess you're killing me

On goodess you're killing me with the snappy comebacks! Happiness is just knowing that when the Broncos lose, you all feel like your world has come to an end. Hope you make the BCS this year...no really...just so I can hear all the excuses. Gotta love it!

i'm no goddess

but thanks anyway. as for boise state losing in the bcs, if we win you'll likely soil yourself.

I'm guessing

that you have had quite a few bad Saturdays in the past 15 years while cheering against the Boise State Broncos. I, on the other side, have been feasting, not just on Bronco wins but Vandal slaughter.

I wasn't aware that Bozo

I wasn't aware that Bozo State played on Saturdays...I thought you would play on any day to get on TV...attention whores!

Yes, I'm a Vandal, a Duck, a

Yes, I'm a Vandal, a Duck, a Beaver, an Aztec, a Horned Frog, a Wolf Pack, a Sooner, a Tiger, a Spartan....I was a Runnin Rebel on Saturday. I am any team that plays the Broncos. I am in the official anti-Bronco Bandwagon...it helps balance the world.

So you remember the on-side kick?

But do you remember why?

Apparently to create an

Apparently to create an excuse for a curse to justify hating the Vandals.

Harley....Broncos dont need Pokeys Curse to hate the....

Vandals....

It was alive and well in the 1980s too....

However, I dont dislike Boise State, just some of their fans and attitudes....but we are all one....and I enjoy college football....

I have heard through the years

that they (Idaho) tried to kick the ball right where Pokey was standing so they could try and knock him down.

I wasn't there so I really can't say for sure.

Wow, that is a good one.

Wow, that is a good one. Have you heard of Bigfoot or the Man in The Moon? However, that maybe the dumbest comment I have ever read...except the one about BSU being a good Community College.