Future of Vandal athletics to be decided Friday

Future of Vandal athletics to be decided Friday
MOSCOW, ID - Talk of a new plan for the future of Vandal Athletics that could include new conference affiliation and football independence is now more than just a rumor.

The Idaho State Board of Education will hold a special meeting in Boise on Friday to vote on Idaho’s athletic fate.

There is only one item on the meeting agenda and it is a “request for authorization for independent scheduling of football games and for the President to explore and accept an invitation to the Big Sky Athletic conference.”

In an interview with KLEW Sports last week, Idaho President Duane Nellis gave us an indication that this was the route they were headed.

“Right now we may end up even trying a year or two as an independent,” said Nellis. “Just to see what the landscape, where that unfolds in the next few years with the new BCS structure. We have a lot of historic rivalries through the Big Sky Conference. I think with our Olympic sports there’s no question that there is some great opportunities either through the Big Sky of through some Western Athletic Conference – Big Sky alliance.”

While it appears the WAC is out of the conversation, Big Sky Commissioner Doug Fullerton told the Idaho Statesman that he would accept the Vandals as a non-football member.

“I would support that,” said Fullerton. “It’s not what we asked when we invited them, but I understand the concept.”

We’ll continue to follow this story as it develops.