With the Western Athletic Conference unlikely to have college football in 2013, Idaho will bolt for independence.
Idaho will become an independent in 2013, joining the likes of Notre Dame and BYU, after it was one of two teams left without a conference to call home for college football next season. New Mexico State was the other, as five of the current WAC programs join new conferences beginning in July.
Speaking at WAC media days last month, football coach Robb Akey said independence, which keeps the Vandals at the Football Bowl Subdivision level, wouldn't be a long-term solution for the program.
Idaho plans to join the Big Sky Conference for all other sports. The Mountain West and Sun Belt refused to expand.
The WAC held discussions with the Big Sky about ways to preserve the league and could return as a college football sponsor in 2014.