Akron assistant head football coach Alan Arrington was killed Monday in a car accident in Mississippi.
Arrington was in his second season at Akron. Nicknamed "Tank" he was assistant head coach under Terry Bowden and also worked with the offensive line. He was 44, and is survived by his wife, Gail.
"I can't put into words how tragic this is," Bowden said in a statement. "We have lost someone who was truly special and had dedicated his life to guiding young men. Tank was a very good friend and a great person. My thoughts are with his family and those who had the chance to know him and play for him. In all my years of coaching I have never known someone who loved and cared for his players more than Tank. I have lost a best friend and I'm heartbroken."
Arrington graduated from Ole Miss in 1994, and coached at North Alabama and Northwest Mississippi Community College.
"The Zips family has suffered a great loss," Akron athletic director Tom Wistrcill said. "Tank was a wonderful representative of the University and our team, and our thoughts are with his family and friends in this difficult time. We will do all that we can to help support them, our student-athletes and staff."