Fans of the University of Idaho were recently greeted with news that the Vandal program will leave college football’s highest level. The move to the lower-tier FCS follows some very challenging years in Moscow. The final straw was word earlier this year from the Sun Belt Conference that Idaho was essentially being kicked out.
Without a conference, President Chuck Staben and Athletic Director Rob Spear opted not to play a difficult schedule as an independent team. Instead, the school will accept an offer to join the Big Sky Conference in 2018.
It’s the same conference the Vandals left in the mid-1990s when then-head coach Chris Tormey oversaw the successful transition to the sport’s top level. Three of Tormey’s four seasons produced winning records and he took the Vandals to their first bowl game.
Our Scott Graf spoke with Tormey to get his reaction.
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