I am torn by the Idaho Vandals going independent in Division I football and moving all other sports to the Big Sky Conference. They are fighting for survival in Division I after being snubbed by the Mountain West Conference. I am torn because I want them to stay at the FBS level in football, but feel the security of the Big Sky is where they probably should be.
I personally feel that Idaho would fit in perfectly in the Mountain West. They compete on an equal basis with all the schools and do quite well in all of the olympic sports. Though they have struggled in football, they almost beat Colorado State University in Fort Collins a couple of years ago.
I think Idaho has suffered from a perception problem. People think it is hard to get to Moscow, but it is not that hard to get to.
Then there is a media market problem. Moscow is in one media market (Spokane) but its major fan base is located in Boise, another media market. But they also have a large fan base in Portland and Seattle. I think the Mountain West and others are discounting this larger fan base.
Has Idaho made some mistakes? I think so. When they had the opportunity to develop and expand its facilities, they were slow to the party. They have made some steps to expand the Kibbie Dome, but it only sits 18,000. They need about 12,000 more to have a good size for Division I. While they use the Kibbie Dome for basketball, or as it is known as the Cowen Spectrum, they do need a dedicated activity center complex where they can play basketball, volleyball, dare I say hockey, and the jazz festival.
But fans, alumni, students, and residents of the inland northwest need to start coming out and supporting the Vandals. Getting only 12,000 to come out for a game against a team is something that all of us Vandals should not stand for. Since the Kibbie Dome only sits 18,000, that place should be sold out every game.
We are all Vandals and I trust that Rob Spear and Duane Nellis are going to do what is best for Idaho.
Boise State University President Bob Kustra just doesn’t get it. It also filters all-the-way through to its supporters. They have a good football team, but when it comes to everything else they just don’t measure up. They are nasty, mean, uninformed and ignorant.
I’m a University of Idaho alum and I bleed silver and gold. It is a great university and I wouldn’t have gone anywhere else. It is also the Land Grant University in the state of Idaho which means that it provides services through its agriculture extension offices throughout the entire state while also focusing its teaching in agriculture, science and engineering.
Because of this, the University of Idaho has an extensive endowment and last year brought in more that $89 million in research funding (that is 74-percent of all research funding of Idaho’s public universities).
The University of Idaho also contributes nearly $1 billion to the Idaho economy on an annual basis. So for $1 of state money given to the University of Idaho, they return $9 to the state economy.
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The University of Idaho and Boise State renew their rivalry this weekend. After Idaho dominating the series for 13 straight games in the late 1980’s to early 1990’s, Boise State has taken over and dominated the series since the late 1990’s.
What will the score be?
Everyone is down on Idaho, but I they have been playing a lot better lately. They have been controllling the clock and the defense has been getting some pressure.
But despite all this and all my wishes, I don’t think Idaho will be able to win this game. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll be rooting my heart out for the Vandals.
My prediction, Idaho 31 – Boise State 38.
But I hope it is the other way.
The University of Idaho showed courage and strength but a fumble on the opening drive of the second half deflated the Vandals and couldn’t recover losing to the Boise State Broncos 58-14.
The Broncos are good, but not that good, and benefited from some questionable calls. But took advantage of Idaho mistakes and inactivity on field. Teams that win, do that. BSU will have a tough game next week against the Hawaii Rainbows.
If you check out the comments on the Idaho Statesman, you can really see how classless and pathetic the Bronco fans are.