Published December 24, 2013
| Sports Network
Akron, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Akron assistant football coach Alan "Tank" Arrington died Monday following an automobile accident in the state of Mississippi. He was 44.
"I can't put into words how tragic this is," head coach Terry Bowden said. "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, who was in his second season on Bowden's staff, came to Akron after six seasons at North Alabama.
"The Zips family has suffered a great loss," athletics 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."