Idaho takes steps to join Sun Belt in football

MOSCOW, IDAHO ( - The University of Idaho is seeking the State Board of Education's blessing to accept a football-only invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference, Idaho Athletic Director Rob Spear told the Idaho Statesman on Monday.

The board is expected to hold a special meeting this week to consider the request. Idaho would join the Sun Belt for the 2014 season.

The Vandals' other sports teams are joining the Big Sky Conference on July 1, 2014. Idaho will play the 2013 football season as an independent after its conference home since 2005, the Western Athletic Conference, fell apart. The Vandals' other teams will remain in the WAC for the 2013-14 season.