There is some sad news to report from the college football world this morning. On Monday, Akron Zips offensive line coach and assistant head coach Alan “Tank” Arrington was involved in a two-car accident in Mississippi that took his life. The school confirmed the news late Monday night.
“I can’t put into words how tragic this is,” head coach Terry 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 was 44 years old.
“The Zips family has suffered a great loss,” UA 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.”
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the entire Arrington family during this difficult time.