Idaho linebacker JoJo Dickson's college career is over after the senior suffered a break of his lower left leg and dislocation of the ankle against New Mexico State. Dickson was blocked by New Mexico State running back Kenny Turner near the end of this play and suffered the injury after catching the foot on Kibbie Dome turf.
Turner was called for a late hit because of the block and apologized after the game (second item) to Vandal coach Robb Akey. On Monday, both Akey and New Mexico State coach DeWayne Walker said the block was clean.
"They're guy was trying to block JoJo; JoJo was trying to tackle the quarterback," Akey said. "It's one of the unfortunate things that comes in the game of football, but I don't think it was a vicious deal."
There was plenty to love about the Vandals in 2009. Nobody saw Robb Akey — 3-21 in two seasons as coach — squeezing an 8-5 season out of his team in year No. 3. The 43-42 victory over Bowling Green in the Humanitarian Bowl sent Idaho into the off-season with a jolt of confidence. So where do the Vandals go from here? Was 2009 the first step toward restoring a winning tradition, or does Idaho slip back to its former self? The game everybody will be watching is Nov. 12, when Boise State visits "nasty inebriated" Moscow.
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The Corner Club bar in Moscow, hometown of the Idaho Vandals, has started selling "Nasty Inebriated" T-shirts after Boise State president Bob Kustra ripped the University of Idaho and its fans last week.
"We are pleased with the demand so far," owner Marc Trivelpiece wrote in an email to the Idaho Statesman.
Kustra told the editorial board of the Statesman last week that he was in favor of ending the 40-year-old series between the Broncos and Vandals. Playing in Moscow, he said, was simply beneath the Broncos.
"It's a culture that is nasty, inebriated and civilly doesn't give our fans the respect that any fan should expect when visiting an away team," he said.
Idaho athletic director Rob Spear was scheduled to fly Tuesday from Moscow to Boise to attend booster functions before Saturday's Idaho-Boise State game. Upon his arrival at the airport, he learned that the plane taking him to Boise was Horizon's new Boise State-themed Q400.