1969 Idaho Vandals football
Idaho Vandals logo.svg
ConferenceBig Sky Conference
Record2–8 (1–3 Big Sky)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorBobby Thompson (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorDon Robbins
Captains
  • Wayne Marquess (LB)
  • Tom Nelson (LG)
Home stadiumRogers Field
(Pullman, Washington)
Seasons
← 1968
1970 →
1969 Big Sky Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Montana $ 4 0 0 10 1 0
Weber State 3 1 0 6 4 0
Idaho State 2 2 0 5 5 0
Idaho 1 3 0 2 8 0
Montana State 0 4 0 1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1969 Idaho Vandals football team represented the University of Idaho in the 1969 NCAA University Division football season. The Vandals were led by second-year head coach Y C McNease and played in the Big Sky Conference. After two seasons in the College Division,[1] Idaho returned to the University Division this year.[2][3][4]

Due to soil erosion, the wooden grandstands at 32-year-old Neale Stadium in Moscow were deemed unsafe in early August.[5] Without a usable stadium on campus, they played their three home games at Rogers Field at Washington State University in nearby Pullman, Washington.[6]

Despite playing their home games in Pullman, the Vandals did not play the WSU Cougars in the Battle of the Palouse. Outside of war years, it was the first break in the rivalry since 1900; Idaho did not field a team in 1918 (World War I) and neither did in 1943 & 1944 (World War II). WSU had to adjust its schedules to include all seven conference foes; the rivalry resumed in 1970 but was skipped again in 1971.

In their ninth meeting with Idaho State,[7] the Vandals incurred their first loss to the Bengals in the home opener in Pullman.[8] Without a game in Boise on the schedule (first time since 1946), the Vandals did not play in the state of Idaho this season; this occurred again thirty years later in 1999.

Idaho had four starting quarterbacks in 1969: Steve Olson was first-string, backed up by John Hathaway, both from Lewiston.[9] Hampered by back problems, Olson started the first four and Hathaway the next four, until a shoulder injury.[10] Mitch Lansdell started the ninth game but an ankle injury sidelined him late in the fourth quarter.[11][12] Fourth-string Pete Glindeman was slated to redshirt and had been lining up in practices as a defensive end. He relieved Lansdell and started the last game, a ten-point loss in which he threw seven interceptions.[13][14][15]

A day after the season ended, the south grandstand of idle Neale Stadium was burned in an apparent arson.[16][17] Less than five months later, a similar fire occurred at Rogers Field in April 1970.[18] Also a suspected arson,[19] it severely damaged the south grandstand and press box of the wooden venue.[20]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 205:30 pmat Northern Illinois*L 30–4716,000[21]
September 271:30 pmIdaho StateL 42–47[8]
October 35:30 pmvs. Southern Miss*W 31–21  7,132[22][23][24]
October 1112:30 pmat MontanaL 9–34  9,500[25]
October 182:00 pmat Pacific*L 0–2816,142[26]
October 251:30 pmMontana Statedagger
  • Rogers Field
  • Pullman, Washington
W 31–2110,452[27][28]
November 11:30 pmat Oregon*L 14–5820,500[29][30]
November 812:30 pmat Weber StateL 7–28  9,395[10]
November 1512:30 pmat Colorado State*L 21–3113,693[11][12]
November 2212:30 pmUtah State*
  • Rogers Field
  • Pullman, Washington
L 21–31  5,600[13][14]

Roster

1969 Idaho Vandals football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
QB 11 Steve Olson Jr
QB 12 John Hathaway So
QB 14 Mitch Lansdell Jr
QB, DE 18 Pete Glindeman So
WR 25 Terry Moreland So
WR 37 Don Almquist
RB 21 Henry Boomer So
RB, P 22 Ron Davis Jr
RB 31 Mike Wiscombe Jr
RB 42 Frank Doctor So
RB 44 Jeff Guillory Sr
RB 45 Jim Wilund So
C 51 John Durham Jr
OL 52 Gordon De Waard Sr
LG 62 Tom Nelson (C) Sr
OL 63 Pat Flynn Jr
RG 65 Bill Cady So
OL 68 Jim Wimer Jr
OL 70 Richard Beaver So
OL 71 Daryl Hanauer So
OL 74 Bruce Langmade Jr
OL 75 Rich Kushlan So
RT 77 Bob Haney Sr
LT 78 Andy Kupp So
TE 82 Mike Dempsey Sr
TE 83 Mike Sizelove Jr
WR 84 Jerry Hendren Sr
WR 86 Bob Miller
WR 89 Jack Goddard Jr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB, WR 10 Jim Wickboldt Sr
LB, DB 16 Wayne Marquess (C) Sr
DB 20 Doug Clark Sr
DB 23 Steve Brown Jr
SS 24 Bob Juba Sr
DB 26 Steve Holdren So
CB 27 Pat Sprute So
LB 34 Bill "Bubba" Bain So
DB 35 Dale Yount Jr
LB 38 Jesse Craig Jr
FS 40 George Smith Sr
LB 43 Jim Boyles So
LB 50 Roosevelt Owens Sr
LB 55 Joe Tasby Sr
DL 60 Tom Carson Sr
LB 61 Ron Linehan So
DT 66 Ed Clauson Sr
LB 67 Steve Barker So
DT 69 Brock Jackley Jr
DL 73 Faustin Riley So
DL 79 Roger Oestmann So
DL 80 John Knowles Sr
DE 81 Tom Jarman So
DL 85 Kurt Miller Sr
DE 88 Tim Reese Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 36 Ricardo Castillo So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
    Injured
  • Redshirt
    Redshirt
Source:[31][32][33][34][35][36]

All-conference

Wide receiver Jerry Hendren was a repeat selection to the all-conference team, again unanimously. He was joined by linebackers Roosevelt Owens and Ron Linehan, the lone sophomore.[37][38]

NFL Draft

Three Vandals were selected in the 1970 NFL Draft, which lasted seventeen rounds (442 selections).

Player Position Round Overall Franchise
Jerry Hendren WR 4th 89 Denver Broncos
Bob Haney T 15th 383 Detroit Lions
Mike Sizelove TE 17th 424 Philadelphia Eagles
Source:[39][40]

References

  1. ^ "Ostyn says Pacific cost major status". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. August 9, 1967. p. 15.
  2. ^ "Big league for Vandals". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). July 1, 1969. p. 37.
  3. ^ "Idaho is restored to major grid status". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). July 1, 1969. p. 10.
  4. ^ "NCAA ups 4 colleges". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. July 2, 1969. p. 22.
  5. ^ "Idaho stadium unsafe for use". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). August 6, 1969. p. 41.
  6. ^ "Neale Stadium condemned, WSU field used". Idaho Argonaut. (Moscow). (University of Idaho). September 9, 1969. p. 1.
  7. ^ Wilson, Mike (September 28, 1969). "Idaho will entertain Idaho State at Washington State U." Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 9.
  8. ^ a b Wilson, Mike (September 28, 1969). "Bengals end eight-game jinx, drop Vandals 47-42". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 15.
  9. ^ Wilson, Mike (November 15, 1969). "Idaho Vandals seek third victory at Colorado State". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. p. 8.
  10. ^ a b "Weber State grabs lead, defeats Vandals". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). November 9, 1969. p. 10.
  11. ^ a b Wilson, Mike (November 16, 1969). "Colorado State tops Idaho". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. p. 13.
  12. ^ a b Payne, Bob (November 16, 1969). "Quick strikes beat Idaho". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 1, sports.
  13. ^ a b Wilson, Mike (November 23, 1969). "Utah State converts errors for 31-21 win over Vandals". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 12.
  14. ^ a b Payne, Bob (November 23, 1969). "Utags capitalize on Glindeman's errors". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 1, sports.
  15. ^ "Idaho Vandals set three Big Sky team football marks". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). November 30, 1969. p. 18.
  16. ^ "Late night fire destroys portion of Neale Stadium on Idaho campus". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). November 24, 1969. p. 16.
  17. ^ "Neale Stadium burns". Idaho Argonaut. Moscow. (University of Idaho). November 25, 1969. p. 1.
  18. ^ "Fire rips grandstand during break". Daily Evergreen. Pullman, Washington. (Washington State University). April 15, 1970. p. 4.
  19. ^ "Fire at Rogers Field thought to be arson". Idaho Argonaut. (Moscow). (University of Idaho). April 7, 1970. p. 1.
  20. ^ "Fast blaze ruins Pullman stadium". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). April 6, 1970. p. 1, sports.
  21. ^ Wilson, Mike (September 21, 1969). "Vandals lose opener". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 12.
  22. ^ Wilson, Mike (October 4, 1969). "Olson-to-Hendren, defense put Idaho past Southerners". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 10.
  23. ^ Payne, Bob. "Happy Idaho wins 31-21". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 10.
  24. ^ "Montana next for Idaho; Vandals score first win". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). October 4, 1969. p. 11.
  25. ^ Wilson, Mike (October 12, 1969). "Montana defeats Idaho 34-9". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. p. 13.
  26. ^ "Big third quarter scoring spree puts Pacific past Vandals 28-0". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. October 19, 1969. p. 13.
  27. ^ Wilson, Mike (October 26, 1969). "Mitch Lansdell sparks Idaho to win over Montana State". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. p. 13.
  28. ^ Payne, Bob (October 26, 1969). "Idaho wins odd game with 'Cats". Spokesman-Review. Spokane, Washington. p. 1, sports.
  29. ^ Uhrhammer, Jerry (November 2, 1969). "Blanchard-Moore combo clicks, 58-14". Eugene Register-Guard. Oregon. p. 1B.
  30. ^ "Oregon jumps to lead, breezes by Idaho". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. November 2, 1969. p. 8.
  31. ^ Payne, Bob (September 7, 1969). "Defense ahead - even for Vandals". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 2, sports.
  32. ^ "Idaho seeks more fame". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). September 20, 1969. p. 9.
  33. ^ Wilson, Mike (September 20, 1969). "Idaho Vandals open air show tonight". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 10.
  34. ^ "Idaho seeks to extend ISU mastery". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). September 26, 1969. p. 17.
  35. ^ "Bobcats vs. Vandals: probable lineups". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). October 25, 1969. p. 10.
  36. ^ "Utags vs. Vandals: probable lineups". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). November 22, 1969. p. 13.
  37. ^ "Hendren unanimous choice for coaches' All-Big Sky team". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). November 26, 1969. p. 13.
  38. ^ "Montana bowl team leads all-conference selections". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). November 26, 1969. p. 13.
  39. ^ "Hendren goes to Denver club". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). January 28, 1970. p. 12.
  40. ^ "Three Cougars, two Vandals taken in draft". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). January 29, 1970. p. 15.