After being voted out of the Sun Belt Conference last month, the University of Idaho appears set to announce tomorrow that its football team will return down to the FCS level after a 20-year absence, according to FootballScoop.
In terms of which conference the Vandals will join in FCS, university president Chuck Staben will address that in an official statement tomorrow.
All in all, it isn’t at all surprising that Idaho is moving back down to FCS. Since joining FBS back in 1996, the Vandals have appeared in just two bowl games and have finished with a winning record only three times, the last time being under Robb Akey in 2009. Under current coach Paul Petrino, Idaho has gone just 6-29 in three years and is just 4-12 in Sun Belt play. Per the terms of the university’s agreement with the Sun Belt, Idaho will not leave for FCS until after the 2017 season.
Thus, given how isolated Idaho is from the rest of the Sun Belt schools, most of which are in the southeast, plus the lack of overall success with the program, a move back down to FCS is probably the best idea. Better for the Vandals to move back there and establish a winning culture for a few years than grasp at straws by being independent or trying another FBS conference willing to take them on.
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