By Brian Murphy
Idaho starting quarterback Dominique Blackman and linebacker Conrad Scheidt have been dismissed from the team for violating team rules, the school announced Sunday afternoon. Tight end Taylor Elmo has been suspended for violating athletic department policy.
The (Spokane, Wash.) Spokesman-Review reported Saturday night that Blackman and Scheidt had failed multiple drug tests and that Elmo was suspended for tweeting about Athletic Director Rob Spear after football coach Robb Akey was fired last week.
Blackman was suspended for the first game of the season. He has started every game since for the 1-7 Vandals. Blackman, a junior, completed 167 of 265 passes for 1,610 yards. He had 13 interceptions and nine touchdowns.
Schedit, a senior, played in the first three games of the season and recorded 23 tackles. He has not played in the last five games.
Elmo, a junior, tweeted "U of idaho is stupid as hell for what they did. Fire a man to keep your own job???" last week after news of Akey's firing broke. He was referring to Spear. The school did not specify a length on Elmo's suspension.
“It depends on how Taylor responds,” Spear told the Spokesman-Review on Saturday.
Idaho did not play this weekend. The Vandals will return to the field Saturday with Jason Gesser serving as interim coach.