It was Saturday when Rob Ianello got the phone call: After two dismal seasons and an ugly loss in Friday's season finale, he was no longer the head coach at Akron.
The timing couldn't have been worse — he was traveling to Eastern New York with his wife and children to attend the funeral of his mother, Rita, who died Tuesday — but the news couldn't have been much of a surprise.
"Ultimately, we need to win more games," Akron athletic director Tom Wistrcill said Saturday night during a news conference to announce the decision. "It's not all about winning. There are lots of things that go in it.
"Certainly, we didn't feel the program was headed in the direction we wanted it to. Winning was a factor in the decision."
Ianello was 2-22 in his two seasons with the Zips and this year ended with a 66-19 beatdown at the hands of Western Michigan on Friday. The Zips only win this season came against FCS opponent Virginia Military Institute and its only other win was against Buffalo in last year'sRead More »from Akron fires Rob Ianello en route to his mother’s funeral