College of Idaho Exploring Possible Return of Football


The 1969 College of Idaho football team.
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  • The 1969 College of Idaho football team.

The College of Idaho, which hasn't seen a football team on its campus in more than a generation, is looking at the possibility of restoring gridiron action to the state's oldest private liberal arts college. Football was dropped by the C of I in the late 1970s.

College officials estimated that approximately one-third of its student body is involved athletics—19 men’s and women’s varsity sports teams already compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association.

“A number of factors will be taken into consideration by the board of trustees," said C of I spokesman Dustin Wunderlich. "Such as impact on student life, alumni engagement, revenue and town-gown relations.”

President Marvin Henberg and athletics director Marty Holly have already scheduled a number of meetings with the college community prior to an anticipated May decision.