Bohn says UI sticking with Cable

University of Idaho athletic director Mike Bohn cleared the air in regard to the status of football coach Tom Cable Monday night, saying that the coach will be retained next season despite the team's 2-9 record heading into Saturday's season finale against New Mexico State.

The following article appeared in today's Lewiston Morning Tribune.


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Bohn says UI sticking with Cable; AD unequivocal in support of Vandals' embattled grid coach


By: Doug Bauer, Reporter, LMT

MOSCOW -- University of Idaho athletic director Mike Bohn cleared the air in regard to the status of football coach Tom Cable Monday night, saying that the coach will be retained next season despite the team's 2-9 record heading into Saturday's season finale against New Mexico State.

"It's not a vote of confidence," Bohn said, "it's a clear message that Tom Cable is our football coach.

"We really believe it's important to end speculation about Tom's future with the university," he added. "My confidence and belief in Tom and his staff have never wavered. We certainly are happy with every aspect of the program except for the win-loss record."

The Vandals will wrap up their third consecutive losing season under Cable on Saturday.

The coach originally signed a three-year contract in 1999, then was awarded a one-year extension following his first season, when the Vandals went 5-6 and came within a victory of their second Humanitarian Bowl appearance.

But Idaho finished with a school-worst 1-10 record last season, and the Vandals have faced similar struggles once again this year.

As the losses have piled up, Cable has faced harsh criticism from alumni, fans and the media.

Cable's career record at Idaho stands at 8-25, but Bohn isn't placing the blame for the Vandals' woes on the former standout offensive lineman, who played for UI from 1982-85.

"We have a lot of confidence in Tom's ability and certainly recognize that he stands for everything that's right," Bohn said. "And the way he conducts his program as a professional on a day-to-day basis is exemplary."

Bohn also said he is pleased with the progress the Vandals have made under Cable.

"We feel we're significantly farther along toward reaching our goal as a program than our record presents," he said. "We're really looking forward to the recruiting season and showing our recruits the type of young men that we have in our program and the type of quality coaching ... that they'll be able to enjoy and be a part of."


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