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Car crash kills Akron coach Tank Arrington

Alan Arrington

Tragedy has struck the Akron football program just a couple of days before Christmas.

Zips assistant Alan “Tank” Arrington, the school confirmed Monday night, died earlier in the day as a result of injuries sustained in a two-car accident in Mississippi.  Arrington had spent the past two seasons as the Zips offensive line coach and assistant head coach.

He was 44 years old and is survived by his wife, Gail.

“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 is a native of the state of Mississippi and graduated from Ole Miss in 1994.

No details have emerged as to what led to the accident that claimed Arrington’s life.

“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, prayers and condolences go out to Carrington’s wife, family, friends and colleagues for their tragic loss.

(Photo credits; Akron athletics)

Tank Arrington

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7 Responses to “Car crash kills Akron coach Tank Arrington”
  1. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Dec 24, 2013 7:55 AM

    Thoughts and prayers for Tanks family and the Akron football program.

  2. waynefontes says: Dec 24, 2013 8:25 AM

    Very sad to hear. Best wishes for the Arrington family in this time of tragedy.

  3. meatcarroll says: Dec 24, 2013 8:27 AM

    Wow, that is absolutely horrible. :-/

  4. dhardy8207 says: Dec 24, 2013 8:54 AM

    Terribly sad anytime but particularly this time of year. My thoughts and prayers go out to family as well as the players and university…

    God Bless….

  5. florida727 says: Dec 24, 2013 10:52 AM

    The details behind the accident are irrelevant. The university lost a great coach. The players lost a great leader and mentor. And most importantly, his wife lost a great husband. As others have said, this is sad/tragic at any time of the year. These things get magnified around the holidays, because it’s supposed to be a time of joy and happiness, not sadness and mourning. Nothing but prayers and sympathies for the family and friends of Coach Tank.

    God bless…

  6. scbaby2013 says: Dec 24, 2013 2:46 PM

    RIP coach and God bless your family during this difficult time

  7. cubano76 says: Dec 24, 2013 2:55 PM

    Absolutely terrible. May God be with his family. RIP

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