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Idaho’s Akey first head coach to get the boot in 2012

Robb Akey AP

Eight weeks into the season, we have our first head coach firing of 2012, and that honor belongs to Idaho’s Robb Akey.

The story was first reported by FootballScoop.com and later picked up by the Spokesman-Review. The school later confirmed the firing in a statement. Offensive coordinator Jason Gesser has been named interim coach.

“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. “We appreciate Coach Akey’s enthusiasm and dedication to the University of Idaho but this is the right move at this time.”

Akey, who is 20-50 in six years with the Vandals, was fired one day after losing 70-28 to Louisiana Tech. Idaho is 1-7 this season.

Akey signed a contract extension in 2010 to keep in through 2014. The Vandals went to the Humanitarian Bowl following the 2009 season, but have won just nine games since.

Per his contract with the school, Akey should receive his base salary of $165,800 annually “until the terms of this Agreement ends or until (Akey) obtains employment, which occurs first.”

Left out in the cold by conference realignment, Idaho starts its first season as a Division 1 Independent next year.

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4 Responses to “Idaho’s Akey first head coach to get the boot in 2012”
  1. inconsonance says: Oct 21, 2012 11:10 PM

    I’ll always remember him for his voice and his gigantic, brass balls at the 2009 Humanitarian Bowl. Godspeed you, sir.

  2. jimbo75025 says: Oct 22, 2012 3:35 AM

    ……Don’t fire my heart, my Akey breaky heart…….

  3. olskool711 says: Oct 22, 2012 3:59 PM

    To coach, what in every way is a Div 2 school, in D1(FBS) is not an easy thing to do.

    Idaho has been in over its head for the past 10 years. They are simply too stubborn and arrogant to accept it. Akey worked his butt off, but never had a chance. Just to keep face, and spin the facade, he deserved triple what they were paying him.

    Will Idaho do the right thing and go back to the Big Sky? Where they belong, and actually where they are wanted?

    NO! They will not.

    Arrogant, stubborn hillbillies!

    Keep getting your head kicked in.

  4. inconsonance says: Oct 22, 2012 4:18 PM

    @olskool711 – You’re absolutely correct. The administration at Idaho must really want their football program to be a punching bag, otherwise, they’d drop a level and be competitive. There would be no shame in going to Div. I-AA, especially since they’re clearly outmatched in all important aspects of running a Div. I-A program – recruiting, on-field production, funding, etc. It’s depressing that they’re willing to settle for the kind of notoriety that accompanies getting your asses kicked week after week.

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