It was an unsettling 2012 for Idaho. The Vandals fired Robb Akey as coach after a 70-28 loss to Louisiana Tech on Oct. 20, and the team hobbled to a 1-11 season. Then conference reshuffling left Idaho as a team without a league. All football-playing members of the Western Athletic Conference left besides Idaho and New Mexico State and the teams were forced to become independents.
The coaching situation worked itself out in December when Paul Petrino, the younger brother of Bobby Petrino, agreed to become coach. In May, the Sun Belt announced that Idaho and New Mexico State would join the league in 2014.
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