Idaho’s breakthrough season more than just football for me, kind of.

First off, let’s be clear. Outside of the realm of the positive impacts on student-athletes it can have, college football is not as important as the giant television contracts tell you it is. I’m as guilty as anybody as having supported schools in the past which follow the money and are morally corrupt in putting football above anything else. I’m also guilty of moments in which I treat this sport like it’s the difference between life or death.

It should be none of those extremes.

After my now 15 years of college football fandom I believe I’ve found my happy medium as a recovering wannabe sports journalist and my first season as an Idaho football fan. I’ve found the subtle happiness sports can bring.

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Take care of yourselves, Vandal family

The greatest thing about being part of the University of Idaho community is how close knit it all is. Hardly ever do you meet somebody who doesn’t have a handful of mutual friends with you. And, from there, it’s so easy to bond, meet new people and grow your Vandal family.

That’s also where it gets tragic. Because when you lose a member of your family you also feel the pain all your friends feel.

These last few days have been difficult for me as U of I has lost an incredible and inspirational member of our family, who passed away early Thursday morning in a car accident.

I didn’t know her very well, but I know a lot of friends who were really close with her. And I knew how ambitious, friendly and caring she was. She wanted to make a difference and save the world. Her faith was important to her. I don’t think I have a single friend in the international community who didn’t know her. And that’s what hurts the most.

Next Thursday evening almost every Vandal I know or who I’m close with will be down in Boise for the big game, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. It will be a Homecoming.

I want to see all of you, hug you and let you know how appreciative I am of the time I spent with you all.

I also want you to get there safely and to take care of yourselves.

Take your time. Don’t speed. Stay off your phones. Check your vehicles to make sure you’re ready for the conditions.

We have many more memories to make together, Vandal family. Thank you to everybody at the University of Idaho who has ever touched my life, no matter how small an impact it was. I love all of you and I want you all to never hesitate to reach out to me if you ever need anything.

Rest in peace, Mamta Kandel.



Upset with the Big Sky decision, Pilant won’t waver from Vandal pride


Douglas Pilant can recall the disappointments over the years as much as he can recall what endears him to the University of Idaho.

The latest of which came in April when the university announced its decision to forgo FBS independence and recede back into the Big Sky and FCS.

“I was in the camp of giving it a couple of years to see what would happen to see if there’s anything that changes,” Pilant said. 

What he never planned on doing was abandoning Idaho or withdrawing his support.

Disappointment is one thing, pride is another. Pilant has a lot of the latter.

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The story behind the Club: The only reason Marc Trivelpiece needed to buy Moscow’s most beloved bar


A handful of reasons led to Marc Trivelpiece’s decision to relocate his family back to the Palouse after over half a decade away in other parts of the Gem State.

But when presented with the opportunity to purchase the bar he worked at for three years as a University of Idaho student and graduate, only one reason came to the top of his mind to move forward with it after talking it over with his wife.

“Because,” he said. “It’s the Club.”

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