This is a very sad Christmas week for the University of Akron community.
Assistant head football coach Alan "Tank" Arrington died Monday in a Mississippi car accident.
Details of the accident were not released, but Arrington was an Oxford, Mississppi native who had been on the Akron staff the past two seasons as Terry Bowden's offensive line coach and assistant head coach.
Previous to the Akron job, Arrington had been with Bowden at North Alabama.
"I can't put into words how tragic this is," Akron head coach Terry Bowden said in a school release. "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."
"The Zips family has suffered a great loss," Akron director of athletics 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."
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Zips program and family during the holiday season.