Idaho has fired head football coach Robb Akey.

The Vandals are just 1-7 this season and coming off a 70-28 loss to Louisiana Tech. Akey, who was under contract through the 2014 season, was just 20-50 during his tenure at Idaho.

"The president (Duane Nellis) and I believe it is important to make this move now so we can immediately begin the process of hiring a new coach for the 2013 season," said Idaho athletic director Rob Spear. "We appreciate coach Akey's enthusiasm and dedication to the University of Idaho, but this is the right move at this time."

Offensive coordinator Jason Gesser will serve as interim coach for the remainder of the season.