MOSCOW, Idaho-- University of Idaho head football coach Robb Akey has been relieved of his duties.
University of Idaho Director of Athletics Rob Spear and President Duane Nellis said they believe it was important to make the move now so they can immediately begin the process of hiring a new coach for the 2013 season. They say they appreciate Coach Akey’s enthusiasm and dedication to the University of Idaho but that this was the right move at the right time.
Spear said in a press conference Monday he considered Akey's job performance poor. “You look at the last 20 games, we've lost 17 of those football games...Coach Akey has done a lot of nice things here, but at the end of the day, his record was 20 and 50.”
Spear announced that in the interim, offensive coordinator Jason Gesser will serve as the Vandals head coach. Gesser has been on the Vandal staff for two seasons after a professional NFL and Canadian Football League career. Gesser graduated from Washington State University where he was an All-American quarterback.
Gesser reacted to the news Monday. “He gave me the opportunity to not just become a college coach, but to become a coordinator. I mean, I owe my life to the guy. I love the guy,” said Gesser.
Spear said he has a list of prospects for the head coaching job, but he will not yet name them out of fairness.
Akey’s contract expires in December 2014 and his base salary was $165,796.