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A new coach brought a diJferent game plan and a fresh attitude to town and changed Idaho's football fortunes

From rags to riches I was straight out of a storybook. The Idaho Vandals, despite repeated efforts 10 turn around their beleagured football program in recent years, had managed only live winning seasons sinsince the end 01 World War II. They were coming off of a 3-8 season, which included losing all seven of their Big Sky conference games and the firing of another head coach. All in all, the outlook for the 1982 version of the silver-and-gold looked bleak at best. But then something happened. To the delight of the students, the community, and the team itself, the Vandals suddenly began to win lootball games. And, before the rest of the league knew what had happened, Idaho had cruised through an 8路3 season record, tied for first place in the conference, and earned a bid to the NCAA Division 1AA Playoffs Jor the Jirst time in the school's history. More than one person was responsible Jor the turnaround in the Vandals' fortunes. First year head coach Dennis Erickson, quarterback Ken Hobart. and linebacker contiDu.d t>




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1983 Gem of the Mountains, Volume 81 - University of Idaho Yearbook