Akey firing based on losing record

Akey firing based on losing record

Akey firing based on losing record

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by Ryan Larrondo

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Posted on October 22, 2012 at 11:38 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 29 at 5:30 PM

MOSCOW--  Idaho Vandal athletic director Rob Spear made it very clear on Monday that the decision to let go Vandal head football coach Robb Akey was based on results.

"It's all about performance on the football field," Spear said at a news conference. "You look at over the last 20 games, we've lost 17 of those football games. Coach Akey's done a lot of nice things here, but at the end of the day, his record was 20-50."

Spear and the University of Idaho announced the termination of Akey as head coach on Sunday, a day after the Vandals fell to 1-7 on the season by way of a 70-28 drubbing at Louisiana Tech.

Also in attendance at Monday's press conference was first-year offensive coordinator Jason Gesser, the man that will take over as interim head coach. Gesser was emotional in showing his gratitude and support to Akey.

"He's the one that gave me the opportunity to not just become a college coach but to become a coordinator," Gesser said. "I mean, I owe my life to the guy. I love the guy. It's not only hard on the kids, it's hard on the coaching staff too. It's not an easy situation."

Gesser wasn't the only coach with good things to say about Akey's time spent at the University of Idaho. When asked about the impact that Akey had on the football program, rival Boise State head coach Chris Petersen was also complimentary.

"I think everybody knows he's a really good guy, a good coach, brings tremendous energy," Petersen said. "I mean a great, positive demeanor. I need, probably, some of his demeanor to help me here. I think he has done a nice job."

Now the Vandals must try to move on with their season. They have a bye this week, and will then host San Jose State, with an interim head coach. But Gesser is confident that he is approaching his new role with the right mentality.

 

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