ESPN is reporting that Idaho has hired Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino to lead the Vandal football team as an independent in 2013.

Idaho announced it will hold a press conference Monday to introduce its new football coach.

Petrino, the brother of former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino, was an offensive and special teams assistant at Idaho from 1992-94 and played at Carroll College in Helena, Mont.

The Spokesman-Review reported Thursday that Petrino and Central Washington head coach Blaine Bennett were two of five finalists to replace Robb Akey, who was fired on Oct. 21. The other finalists were San Jose State offensive coordinator Brian Lindgren, Wyoming defensive coordinator Chris Tormey and Idaho interim coach Jason Gesser.

Gesser was promoted from offensive coordinator to interim head coach when Akey was removed. The Vandals finished the season 1-11 overall and 1-5 in the final season in the WAC, which won’t have football next season.

Idaho has announced an independent schedule for 2013 and will move its other sports to the Big Sky Conference in 2014.

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