Yotes Fever is Back: C of I Beats No. 13 Eastern Oregon in Season Opener 

click to enlarge Coyotes head football coach Mike Moroski: "We look for guys that will not only survive at the College of Idaho but also thrive academically, socially and in every way." - JARRETT MILLER
  • Jarrett Miller
  • Coyotes head football coach Mike Moroski: "We look for guys that will not only survive at the College of Idaho but also thrive academically, socially and in every way."


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." 
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