MOSCOW-- The University of Idaho has fired head football coach Robb Akey, athletic director Rob Spear announced Sunday afternoon.
The news comes one day after the Vandals fell to 1-7 on the season, most recently losing 70-28 on the road at Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
“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,” Spear said Sunday. “We appreciate Coach Akey’s enthusiasm and dedication to the University of Idaho but this is the right move at this time.”
Hired in 2007 to stabilize a football program in turmoil, Akey compiled a record of 20-50. His best season came in 2009 when the Vandals went 8-5 and beat Bowling Green in the Humanitarian Bowl.
Spear said that the search for Akey’s replacement will begin immediately.
In the meantime, first-year offensive coordinator Jason Gesser has been named interim head coach. Gesser has been on the Vandal staff for the past two seasons.
Akey’s contract, which expires in December of 2014, has a base salary of $165,796.