Alan Arrington, an assistant coach on the Akron football staff, died Monday after a car accident in Mississippi.
"Tank" Arrington was an assistant head coach under Terry Bowden, coaching the offensive line. He was 44 years old and is survived by his wife, Gail.
"I can't put into words how tragic this is," Bowden said in a statement released by the school. "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 earlier in his career.
"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."