College of Idaho to join the Frontier ConferenceThe Frontier Conference continues to grow.
By: Dustin Monke, The Dickinson Press
The Frontier Conference continues to grow.
The College of Idaho will join the league as a football-only member in the fall of 2014, when it revives the football program after a 35-year absence.
Frontier Commissioner Kent Paulson said Wednesday that conference presidents have approved a request by the Caldwell, Idaho, school to join the league.
COI will be the Frontier’s ninth football team. Dickinson State and Southern Oregon join the league this fall. DSU will be a full member of the Frontier while Southern Oregon is a football-only member.
“This is an ideal match, and we look forward to the excitement that Yotes fans will experience as we develop rivalries with our fellow members of the conference,” College of Idaho President Marv Henberg said in a Frontier Conference news release.
Adding College of Idaho will likely allow Frontier teams to play an eight-game conference schedule with the maximum of three nonconference games.
This season, Frontier teams will play 10 league games and one nonconference game. DSU, for example, will play Carroll College, Montana State-Northern and Rocky Mountain College at home and on the road. The Blue Hawks play Eastern Oregon, Montana Tech Montana Western and Southern Oregon once each.
“We will be competing against some of the top NAIA football programs in the country, which is something prospective players strongly desire, and we look forward to that challenge,” College of Idaho athletic director Mary Holly said in the league’s news release.
Holly said competing against some of the top NAIA programs should help with recruiting. The school plans to start a national search for a head coach in September and hopes to have the position filled by the end of the year.
The Associated Press contributed to the story