Extending our mission
In fall 2014, football will return to The College of Idaho, restoring a program that distinguished itself over the course of seven decades. Four C of I players went on to careers in the NFL, while some of the College’s most distinguished alumni—including Idaho Governors Robert Smylie ’38 and Butch Otter ’67—were members of the team.
Reinstating the football program will extend the College’s mission of providing an outstanding liberal arts education to a new population of students while also bringing additional excitement to an already vibrant campus environment.
The College of Idaho, which will compete in the Frontier League, will become the state’s only small college football program, giving Idaho students an opportunity to gain the quality educational experience for which the C of I is known while also playing a sport they love. Football games and associated activities will bring C of I students, alumni and staff together as a community, and offer Treasure Valley residents a new option for family-friendly entertainment.
Enhancing the student experience
The College of Idaho is now raising funds for capital expenses and startup costs associated with football. A major part of this effort is building the new Marty Holly Athletics Center. This $4 million facility will be used by student-athletes from several sports and all C of I students. Phase II of the project will add a $1.2 million Outdoor Education Center to bolster the College’s programs for all students to enjoy the outdoors and develop an appreciation for nature.