MOSCOW - Paul Petrino will not return to coach the Idaho Vandal football team in 2022, according to multiple reports.
The news was first reported by 'Tubs at the Club,' a popular Idaho Vandal fan site who also have a podcast and over 1,400 Twitter followers. The news has since been confirmed by the University of Idaho Athletic Director Terry Gawlik.
"I have nothing but the utmost respect for Paul. He is a man of integrity and strong character," Athletic Director Terry Gawlik said. "He has helped hundreds of football student-athletes become better men. I am personally grateful for his loyalty to Vandal Athletics, his willingness to be a team player and the care and attention that he gave to his student-athletes."
According to the initial report from Tubs at the Club, Vandal boosters have successfully raised enough funding to pay out the remainder of Petrino's contract.
Petrino's contract runs through June 2022, and has a base salary of $446,214.
With this news, Petrino will be coaching his final game as Idaho head coach this Saturday when the Vandals finish their 2021 season on the road against Idaho State.
"I'm very proud of all we accomplished during my time leading this program," Petrino said. "Maya and I remain grateful for the opportunity and will take incredible memories with us as we transition to our next endeavor. Our kids grew up here and this University and program will always hold a special place in our hearts. I want to thank our current and former players as well as every coach who has been a part of this program over the past nine years. They are what make this such a special place. I wish nothing but continued success for the current team and will always be in their corner."
Petrino, who has been the head coach at Idaho since 2013, has compiled a win-loss record of 33-66 over his nine seasons, finishing above .500 just once (2016). During that 2016 season, the Vandals went 9-4 and won a bowl game (Famous Idaho Potato Bowl).
Idaho Athletics will immediately begin a nation-wide search for a new head football coach. College Sports Solutions will assist with the search.
"We are committed to competing at the top of the Big Sky Conference and the FCS," Gawlik said. "We will work tirelessly to find a dynamic coach that will lead the Vandals back to the playoffs. Our goals are lofty, and our expectations are high, but we know the Vandal family expects nothing less than championship-caliber football in the Kibbie Dome."