Idaho coaches Mike Anderson, Patrick Libey leave football program

The University of Idaho confirmed Monday afternoon that linebackers coach Mike Anderson and defensive line coach Patrick Libey have left the football program.

It was first reported by and the Spokesman-Review.

The school said in a press release sent out Monday afternoon Anderson left the program to “pursue opportunities in the private sector.” A specific reason wasn’t given for Libey’s departure, but that he planned to pursue other opportunities.

“I was approached by some investors and decided it was a great opportunity within a market that is untapped. I want to thank coach (Paul) Petrino for the opportunity and wish him and the Vandals the best of luck,” Anderson said.

Anderson, who played at Idaho in the early 2000s, returned to his alma mater in December as one of Idaho coach Paul Petrino’s first hires. He spent the four years prior at Washington as a graduate assistant and assistant strength coach.

He spent all of four months at Idaho before deciding to leave the program. He’ll return to his hometown of Lewiston as a part-owner of a start-up company there.

Libey was one of two holdovers from former coach Robb Akey’s staff having joined the team in 2007, and was asked to coach the defensive line after previously coaching safeties and special teams.

“I want to thank the University of Idaho and the football program for everything they have done for me,” Libey said. “It has been an enjoyable career but it is time now for me to pursue other opportunities.”

Interestingly enough, the two were the only former Idaho players Petrino had on staff as full-time assistants. They were on the same linebacking core from 2000-2003.

Idaho concluded its spring practice last Friday evening with the annual Silver and Gold game.

We’ll have more when it comes available.

Sean Kramer is a 24-year old University of Idaho student majoring in Journalism. He's been a sports writer at The Argonaut since the fall of 2011.
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