The school would need the state's board of education to sign off on the deal. During an executive session on Wednesday, the board heard Idaho's plan to go independent, and the Vandals' future will be voted upon this Friday in Boise.
"Idaho is the only agenda item and it is a 'request for authorization for independent scheduling of football games and for the President to explore and accept an invitation to the Big Sky Athletic conference.'"
Big Sky commissioner Doug Fullerton said he would accept Idaho into his conference. The Vandals were among the first team when the Big Sky debuted in 1963, and they played there until 1996.
This all comes after the WAC has all but fizzled to nothing. Five members of the WAC decided to leave the conference following the 2012 football season, and the league has hoped to find the NCAA-minimum of eight members to play football in 2014 or 2015.