After Robb Akey's firing and Jason Gesser's promotion to interim head coach, two big questions arose - would Gesser get a chance to take over for good? And if not, would he stay at Idaho? Those questions are now both answered.
Gesser is no longer with the Vandals. KREM 2 Sports Director Darnay Tripp spoke to him today and he said he hoped to remain on as assistant, but new coach Paul Petrino told him Tuesday that those positions were offered to others, who accepted, leaving no place for him.
The former Washington State quarterback says says he understands Petrino's decision, and holds no bitterness towards him or University of Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear and President Duane Nellis for going in another direction.
When asked if he felt he got a fair opportunity in the interview process, Gesser said "yes and no". Gesser says he got a phone interview, but never had the face-to-face panel interview that he was told he'd have as a finalist for the position. Instead, Spear informed him Sunday of Petrino's hire.
Gesser also said when he took over the interim role for the final four games of the season that he was coaching a team in "crisis mode", making it tough to showcase his abilities as a head coach. During that stretch the team went 0-4. Gesser believes one or two wins might have landed him the head coaching job.
The former Coug and Vandal says he would love to coach on the Palouse again. As far as his future goes, he has made some contacts with friends and mentors, but nothing is in the works at this point.