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1969 [[Script error]]
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ConferenceBig Sky Conference
DivisionScript error
1969 record2–8 (1–3 Big Sky)
Head coachY C McNease (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorBobby Thompson
(1st season)
Defensive coordinatorDon Robbins
CaptainWayne Marquess (LB)
CaptainTom Nelson (LG)
Home stadiumRogers Field
(Pullman, Washington)
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Template:1969 Big Sky football standings 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]

Due to soil erosion, the wooden grandstands at 32-year-old Neale Stadium in Moscow were deemed unsafe in early August.[3] Without a usable stadium on campus, they played their three home games at Rogers Field at Washington State University in nearby Pullman, Washington.

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).

In their ninth meeting with Idaho State,[4] the Vandals incurred their first loss to the Bengals in the home opener in Pullman.[5] 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.[6] Hampered by back problems, Olson started the first four and Hathaway the next four, until a shoulder injury.[7] Mitch Lansdell started the ninth game but an ankle injury sidelined him late in the fourth quarter.[8][9] 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.[10][11][12]

A day after the season ended, the south grandstand of idle Neale Stadium was burned in an apparent arson.[13][14] Less than five months later, a similar fire occurred at Rogers Field in April 1970.[15] Also a suspected arson,[16] it severely damaged the south grandstand and press box of the wooden venue.[17]


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1969 Idaho Vandals football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
QB 11 Olson, SteveSteve Olson Jr
QB 12 Hathaway, JohnJohn Hathaway So
QB 14 Lansdell, MitchMitch Lansdell Jr
QB, DE 18 Glindeman, PetePete Glindeman So
WR 25 Moreland, TerryTerry Moreland So
WR 37 Almquist, DonDon Almquist
RB 21 Boomer, HenryHenry Boomer So
RB, P 22 Davis, RonRon Davis Jr
RB 31 Wiscombe, MikeMike Wiscombe Jr
RB 42 Doctor, FrankFrank Doctor So
RB 44 Guillory, JeffJeff Guillory Sr
RB 45 Wilund, JimJim Wilund So
C 51 Durham, JohnJohn Durham Jr
OL 52 De Waard, GordonGordon De Waard Sr
LG 62 Nelson, TomTom Nelson (C) Sr
OL 63 Flynn, PatPat Flynn Jr
RG 65 Cady, BillBill Cady So
OL 68 Wimer, JimJim Wimer Jr
OL 70 Beaver, RichardRichard Beaver So
OL 71 Hanauer, DarylDaryl Hanauer So
OL 74 Langmade, BruceBruce Langmade Jr
OL 75 Kushlan, RichRich Kushlan So
RT 77 Haney, BobBob Haney Sr
LT 78 Kupp, AndyAndy Kupp So
TE 82 Dempsey, MikeMike Dempsey Sr
TE 83 Sizelove, MikeMike Sizelove Jr
WR 84 Hendren, JerryJerry Hendren Sr
WR 86 Miller, BobBob Miller
WR 89 Goddard, JackJack Goddard Jr
Pos. # Name Class
CB, WR 10 Wickboldt, JimJim Wickboldt Sr
LB, DB 16 Marquess, WayneWayne Marquess (C) Sr
DB 20 Clark, DougDoug Clark Sr
DB 23 Brown, SteveSteve Brown Jr
SS 24 Juba, BobBob Juba Sr
DB 26 Holdren, SteveSteve Holdren So
CB 27 Sprute, PatPat Sprute So
LB 34 Bain, Bill "Bubba"Bill "Bubba" Bain So
DB 35 Yount, DaleDale Yount Jr
LB 38 Craig, JesseJesse Craig Jr
FS 40 Smith, GeorgeGeorge Smith Sr
LB 43 Boyles, JimJim Boyles So
LB 50 Owens, RooseveltRoosevelt Owens Sr
LB 55 Tasby, JoeJoe Tasby Sr
DL 60 Carson, TomTom Carson Sr
LB 61 Linehan, RonRon Linehan So
DT 66 Clauson, EdEd Clauson Sr
LB 67 Barker, SteveSteve Barker So
DT 69 Jackley, BrockBrock Jackley Jr
DL 73 Riley, FaustinFaustin Riley So
DL 79 Oestmann, RogerRoger Oestmann So
DL 80 Knowles, JohnJohn Knowles Sr
DE 81 Jarman, TomTom Jarman So
DL 85 Miller, KurtKurt Miller Sr
DE 88 Reese, TimTim Reese Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 36 Castillo, RicardoRicardo Castillo So
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  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt


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.[7][8]

NFL DraftEdit

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


  1. Payne, Bob (September 7, 1969). "Defense ahead - even for Vandals". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 2, sports.
  2. "Idaho seeks more fame". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 9. September 20, 1969.
  3. Wilson, Mike (September 20, 1969). "Idaho Vandals open air show tonight". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 10.
  4. "Idaho seeks to extend ISU mastery". Spokane Daily Chronicle ((Washington)): p. 17. September 26, 1969.
  5. "Bobcats vs. Vandals: probable lineups". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 10. October 25, 1969.
  6. "Utags vs. Vandals: probable lineups". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 13. November 22, 1969.
  7. "Hendren unanimous choice for coaches' All-Big Sky team". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 13. November 26, 1969.
  8. "Montana bowl team leads all-conference selections". Spokesman-Review ((Spokane, Washington)): p. 13. November 26, 1969.
  9. "Hendren goes to Denver club". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 12. January 28, 1970.
  10. "Three Cougars, two Vandals taken in draft". Lewiston Morning Tribune ((Idaho)): p. 15. January 29, 1970.

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