Akey gets extension from Idaho

BOISE, Idaho -- Idaho has agreed in principle to give football coach Robb Akey a new contract.

Athletic director Rob Spear says details are still being worked out on a new deal for Akey, who led the Vandals to a 9-5 record last season. Akey has told The Idaho Statesman he's agreed to a new five-year extension.

The former Washington State assistant is in the third year of his contract, which pays him $258,000 per year, the lowest salary of any coach in the Western Athletic Conference.

Akey is 12-26 overall, but the Vandals are coming off their best season in years, capped by a 43-42 win in the Humanitarian Bowl against Bowling Green.

The contract must be approved by the state Board of Education next month.