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    Every week Times-News reporter Max McCombs provides updates from the Olympic sports at the in-state NCAA Division I schools.

      MOSCOW — All week, Idaho coach Paul Petrino had seen progress. His dueling quarterbacks, Matt Linehan and Chad Chalich, were getting better. On Wednesday morning, in fact, they shared snaps during what Petrino said “might have been the best practice we’ve had since I’ve been here.”

        MOSCOW — The transition from NFL veteran to college assistant coach wasn’t hard. Neither are the 18-hour days during fall camp. Ashley Ambrose loves football too much to consider any part of his job as Idaho cornerbacks coach a grind.

          MOSCOW — Dezmon Epps was formulating his goals for the 2014 football season long before Idaho’s 2013 campaign was over. Back in October, he said he wanted to lead the Sun Belt Conference in receiving as a senior and be considered one of the best wideouts in the nation.

          MOSCOW — The Idaho Vandals don’t have a clear-cut starting quarterback heading into the summer. But they have playmakers in spades – and a starting defensive front brimming with confidence. 

          MOSCOW – In early March, when the University of Idaho basketball teams were still vying for postseason spots, the Vandals football team gathered at Memorial Gym for a little hoops of its own.

          All the Times-News coverage from National Signing Day, including football signing classes for all three in-state Division I programs and local signings.

          MOSCOW — The Idaho football program has a conference home after a year of FBS exile. It has a coaching staff that’s in its second year together. And because of those things, it has momentum in recruiting.

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          The University of Idaho football team announced Wednesday the signing of eight junior college players to join the Vandal program. The eight will enroll at Idaho next month and be eligible to participate in spring ball as well as the 2014 season. 

          BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise State coach Leon Rice had a plan Wednesday night as rival Idaho trimmed a 23-point lead down to single digits - get the ball to junior guard Derrick Marks.

          MOSCOW — Saturday isn’t the first time Idaho has served as a schedule-filler for one of college football’s glamour programs. The Vandals collected huge sums of cash after playing at USC, Nebraska and Louisiana State, and they’re in line for even more lucrative payouts the next two seasons.

          MOSCOW — It was one of the most remarkable and bizarre touchdowns Idaho has scored in years. Unfortunately for the Vandals, it was also one of the only completions down the field for quarterback Taylor Davis on Saturday. 

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