Scott Linehan named inductee to Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame

Scott Linehan is having a pretty great offseason.

After helping coach up the Dallas Cowboys to a second playoff appearance in three years, and this time with two rookies leading the way, the team has already begun to negotiate a possible contract extension for the talented offensive coordinator -- in the hopes of locking him down for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, he'll also receive a tremendous football honor in being named to the Idaho Athletic Hall of Fame this Spring.

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Linehan was quarterback for the Idaho Vandals in the early 1980's, throwing for more than 7,000 yards in his time with the school. His son, Matt, has decided to follow in his father's QB footsteps there as well, no doubt pleasing his father to no end. 

After his career ended with the Vandals, father Scott was then signed as an undrafted free agent (1987) to the very same Cowboys organization he now lends his coaching talents to. Seeing life come full circle, Linehan re-joined the team in his new capacity in 2014 -- where his impact has been immediately felt.

The team went 12-4 in Linehan's first year with the club, which saw them make a marked improvement offensively across the board. They'd then stumble through a 4-12 season marred with injury to quarterback Tony Romo and other key positions -- before bouncing back with a historic 13-3 campaign in 2016.

It was a year that saw rookie Dak Prescott ascend from a fourth round pick to 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year while fellow first-year compatriot Ezekiel Elliott rushed for a franchise rookie record 1,631 yards and an NFL record 15 touchdowns, which is a testament to just how talented Linehan is.

And the state of Idaho couldn't agree more.

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