The College of Idaho football team picked up yesterday where it left off last season—defying expectations. The Coyotes, led by Caldwell's J.J. Hyde as quarterback, defeated the NAIA No. 13-ranked Mountaineers, of Eastern Oregon University, 40-28. Officials announced attendance at the Aug. 29 season opener was 5,289.
In the current issue of Boise Weekly, we examine how the rebirth of C of I's football program
has given a new emotional and economic boost to the city of Caldwell.
"The football team has created a sense of excitement that I haven't seen in this community in a long, long time," said Caldwell Mayor Garret Nancolas.
"There's football fever in Caldwell again. It's really brought the community together."
Nancolas estimated College of Idaho football has already generated approximately $4 million in new revenues, not counting a boost to employment.
"This program is bringing people to Caldwell that probably wouldn't have come here otherwise," Nancolas said. "We love it."