Akron fires Tom Arth

Two mornings after Akron’s 31-25 loss to Ball State at home, Akron fired the football team’s head coach Tom Arth.

Akron letting Arth go means he’ll finish with a 3-24 overall record (2-7 MAC) in two-plus seasons. He’s the first coach in the MAC to be let go so far. Charles Guthrie, the new Akron athletic director (since July 2021) will make his first big, defining hire for a program that’s desperate for a turnaround.

Arth came into the Zips program as a former NFL QB with an I-went-to-John-Carroll-sized key to everybody’s hearts in Ohio. As a college player, he was a four-year starter at the D3 powerhouse in John Caroll, not too far from where he grew up in Cleveland (St. Ignaitus HS). After playing as Peyton Manning’s backup with the Colts (and other non-NFL stops) he came back to John Caroll to be the team’s offensive coordinator, then became a 4-year head coach. Coaching his old college, he went 40-8 overall (32-4 OAC) and made it to the D3 playoffs three times. That success landed him five years as the head coach in the Division I ranks: two at FCS-level Chattanooga (9-13 record, 7-9 Southern), and then three (rounding up) at Akron.


Oscar Rodriguez Jr. will serve as the team’s head coach in the interim, and Akron will start getting names together to move forward with this process. I’m editorializing here, but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Zips moved lickety split on this coaching hire.

Open jobs

  • AKRON — Fired Tom Arth (11/4)
  • LSU — Will separate fom Orgeron after 2021 season (10/17)
  • TCU —Patterson & TCU “parted ways” (10/31)
  • TEXAS TECH — Fired Matt Wells (10/25)
  • UCONN — Randy Edsall quit (9/6)
  • USC —Fired Clay Helton (9/13)
  • WASH. ST. —Fired Rolovich for not complying with Covid-19 vaccination mandate (10/18)

These positions have been filled.

  • GEORGIA SOUTHERN — Hired Clay Helton (11/2)

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