The past 14 days havent been the best situation for Idaho football.
One day after losing 70-28 at Louisiana Tech, popular head coach Robb Akey was fired and replaced with Jason Gesser, the teams offensive coordinator.
In his first week, Gesser lost quarterback Dominique Blackman who started the past seven games for the 1-7 Vandals, but reportedly failed three drug tests and senior linebacker Conrad Scheidt. They were kicked off the team. Tight end Taylor Elmo was suspended.
The whole situation this last week hasnt been easy, Gesser said. If anybody says theyve gone through this situation and it was, then theyre lying to you.
But Gesser is confident that the Vandals can put the events of the past two weeks behind them.
If we play the way we know we can play and play inspired football, we can go out there and we can win this game. Our players truly believe that. Thats the truth, thats the reality, thats the fact, Gesser said.
If we feel sorry for ourselves, have a bunch of excuses, we lost this guy and that guy and we lost the head coach and put a lot of excuses on the table, we will be embarrassed.
After the San Jose State game, the Vandals finish the season at BYU, versus Texas-San Antonio and at Utah State.
Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear is searching nationwide for a new coach, and said Gesser will be considered.