Courtesy: Idaho Athletic Media Relations
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Idaho is coming off a 1-11 season during which it played as an FBS independent. Florida was 4-8 overall in 2013 and 3-5 in the SEC.
Paul Petrino is in his second season at Idaho. While it is his first head coaching job, it is not Petrino’s first stint at Idaho. His coaching career began at Carroll College (his alma mater, 1989). From Carroll, he went to Idaho where he coached running back, receivers and special teams from 1992-94. From Idaho it was on to Utah State (1995-97), Louisville (1998-99), Southern Mississippi (2000-02), Louisville (2003-06), Atlanta Falcons (2007), Arkansas (2008-09), Illinois (2010-11) and Arkansas (2012).
WILL MUSCHAMP is 22-16 as a head coach and is beginning his fourth season at Florida. A graduate of the University of Georgia, he started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Auburn (1995-96) before stops at West Georgia (1998), Eastern Kentucky (1999), Valdosta State (2000), LSU (2001-04), NFL’s Miami Dolphins (2005), Auburn (2006-07) and Texas (2008-10).
RETURNING TO THE SUN BELT
Idaho first played in the Sun Belt Conference during the league’s inaugural season in 2001. The Vandals remained a member of the league through the 2004 season before heading to the Western Athletic Conference (2005-12). They were an FBS independent last season.
This is the Vandals’ first trip to the Swamp to take on the Gators. It isn’t their first venture to the Sunshine State. They played at Florida State in 2013 and at Central Florida in 1997.
The game is on ESPNU with Anish Shroff handling the play-by-play and Kelly Stouffer the analysis with Niki Noto as the sideline reporter. Steve Reintjes is the producer.
VANDAL RADIO NETWORK
Tom Morris (play by play) and Evan Ellis (analysis) again are calling the gameday action with KZFN (FM 106.1) as the flagship of the statewide, 13-station network. Vandal Radio Network.
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, known as ‘The Swamp,’ is one of three stadiums with natural grass surfaces on which the Vandals will play this season. The others are Georgia Southern and San Diego State. With 88,548 seats, it is the 13th largest football stadium in the nation.