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Akron assistant taking medical leave of absence

Todd Stroud

Terry Bowden kicked off his third summer camp at Akron Thursday, but did so without a full complement of assistant coaches.

The university announced in a press release Friday that defensive line coach Todd Stroud has taken an indefinite leave of absence from the football program. The school stated that Stroud will be seeking medical treatment for a blood disorder.

The coach is expected to return to the team in the near future, although no timetable was given. In the meanwhile, defensive coordinator Chuck Amato will take over Stroud’s line duties.

Stroud is entering his third season with the Zips. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Stroud also serves as Bowden’s director of football strength & conditioning.

This is the second time in the last couple of days that an assistant has abruptly left his team shortly before the start of camp. Thursday, Miami announced that linebackers coach Micheal Barrow would be taking a sabbatical to help care for his sick mother.

(Photo credit: Akron athletics)

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