Idaho Vandals Football Program Covers Collection

50+ years' worth of Vandal Football Game Day Program Covers, 1908 - 1967

Contents: About the Collection | About Idaho Football | Sources | Tech

About the Collection

This collection contains over 50 years of game-day program covers, spanning 1908-1967. The programs include games outside of Idaho as well as home games in Moscow.

Football Program: Idaho vs Washington State University, 11/16/1957, Rodgers Field, Pullman (Washington)
Football Program: Idaho vs Washington State University, 11/16/1957, Rodgers Field, Pullman (Washington)
Football Program: Idaho vs Arizona State, 11/21/1964, Phoenix (Arizona)
Football Program: Idaho vs Arizona State, 11/21/1964, Phoenix (Arizona)

Programs include games against:

  • Arizona State University
  • Army
  • Air Force Academy
  • Brigham Young University
  • College of the Pacific
  • Farragut Navy
  • Fresno State College
  • Gonzaga University
  • Idaho State University
  • Montana State University
  • North Dakota Agricultural College
  • North Dakota State College
  • Oregon State University
  • Pacific Memorial
  • Parsons College
  • Portland University
  • San Jose State University
  • University of Arizona
  • University of Houston
  • University of Idaho Varsity vs. University of Idaho Alumni
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Montana
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Utah
  • University of Washington
  • Utah State University
  • Washington State College
  • Washington State University
  • Weber State College
  • Willamette University
Football Program: Idaho vs Arizona State, 09/28/1957, Goodwin Stadium, Phoenix (Arizona)
Football Program: Idaho vs Arizona State, 09/28/1957, Goodwin Stadium, Phoenix (Arizona)

About Idaho Football

The University of Idaho football team began in 1893 and adopted the mascot “Vandals” in 1917. The team currently competes in the Big Sky Conference in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA).1

Learn more about The Story of Joe Vandal!

Since 1893, the team has only missed five seasons:2

NCAA Membership

The team played in the NCAA Division I-AA (now FCS) between 1978-1995. During that time, the team attended the playoffs 11 times and appeared in the national semifinals twice (1988, 1993).1

The team played in the NCAA Division I-A (now FBS) between 1996-2017.3 During this time, the team appeared in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl (formerly the Humanitarian Bowl) three times and won every time (1998, 2009, 2016).

In 2016, university President Chuck Staben “announced the football program would return to the Big Sky and FCS in 2018. This followed the Sun Belt Conference’s announcement on March 1 that the associate membership of Idaho and New Mexico State for football would end after the 2017 season. Idaho is the first FBS program to voluntarily drop to FCS.”1

FBS vs. FCS: What's the Difference?
  • Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) are two subdivisions of Division I schools. “The main difference between FBS and FCS is how a final winner is determined. The FBS has the four-team College Football Playoff while the FCS hosts a 24-team playoff for the NCAA D-I Football Championship.”4

  • FBS (formerly known as Division I-A) is considered to be the top tier of Division I schools and “gets its name for the numerous bowl games that teams play in at the end of each season that generate hundreds of millions of dollars.”4

  • FCS (formerly known as Division I-AA) is considered to be the second tier of Division I schools.

  • “FCS teams can only have 63 players on scholarships, while FBS football teams can have 85.”4

  • “FCS schools usually play 11-game schedules while FBS programs play 12 each.”4

Conference Membership

The team has a complex history of conference membership:1

Pre-NCAA
  • independent (1894-1921)
  • Pacific Coast Conference (1922-1958)
  • independent (1959-1964)
NCAA Division I-AA (now FCS), 1978-1995
  • Big Sky Conference (1965-1995)
NCAA Division I-A (now FBS), 1996-2017
  • Big West Conference (1996-2000)
  • Sun Belt Conference (2001-2004)
  • Western Athletic Conference (2005-2012)
  • independent (2013)
  • Sun Belt Conference (2014-2017)
NCAA FCS (formerly I-AA), 2018 - present
  • Big Sky Conference (2018 - present)
Football Program: Idaho vs Montana State University, 09/30/1950, Neale Stadium, Moscow (Idaho)
Football Program: Idaho vs Montana State University, 09/30/1950, Neale Stadium, Moscow (Idaho)

Rivalries

The football team has 4 rivalries1

Notable Players

As of 2020, 16 players have advanced to the NFL and 6 have advanced to the CFL in the program’s history.1 11 players went on to be college or professional football coaches.1

Stadium

Between 1937-1968, Idaho football games were held at the wooden Neale Stadium. It was demolished and replaced with the concrete William H. Kibbie-ASUI Activity Center (commonly known as the Kibbie Dome) in 1971. The Kibbie Dome has “just 16,000 permanent seats,” making it “the second smallest home stadium for college football in Division I FBS (formerly Division I-A).”5 It is likely that prior to Neale Stadium, football games were played on MacLean Field.6

MacLean Field, football practice, 1922
MacLean Field, football practice, 1922
Neale Stadium, 1940
Neale Stadium, 1940
Kibbie-ASUI Activity Center, architect's drawing, 1971
Kibbie-ASUI Activity Center, architect's drawing, 1971

Sources

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