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Moscow, Idaho-- University of Idaho head football coach Robb Akey has been relieved of his duties.

University of Idaho Director of Athletics Rob Spear and President Duane Nellis say they believe it was important to make the move now so they can immediately begin the process of hiring a new coach for the 2013 season. They say they appreciate Coach Akey s enthusiasm and dedication to the University of Idaho but that this was the right move at the right time.

Akey was hired in 2007 and has a win/loss record of 20-50 as head coach of the Vandals. The Vandals are 1-7 this season coming off a 70-28 loss at Louisiana Tech Saturday.

Spear announced that in the interim, offensive coordinator Jason Gesser will serve as the Vandals head coach. Gesser has been on the Vandal staff for two seasons after a professional NFL and Canadian Football League career. Gesser graduated from Washington State University where he was an All-American quarterback.

Akey s contract expires in December 2014 and his base salary was $165,796.

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