Akron Fires Rob Ianello As Head Coach

Akron's Rob Ianello is out of a job after just two wins in two years.

Akron has fired coach Rob Ianello. Elton Alexander of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Ianello and his entire staff were dismissed on Saturday, after Akron finished a 1-11 season in 2011 by falling to Central Michigan, 69-18, on Friday.

Ianello had compiled a 2-22 record over two years at Akron, and his Zips had been outscored 189-35 in November. His lone win over an FBS team in two years as the Zips' coach came over Buffalo in their 2010 finale; the Bulls were 2-10 in 2010.

The method in which Ianello was fired, however, may earn Akron athletic director Tom Wistrcill a fair bit of ire, too. As Alexander reported, Ianello was reached for comment on his firing on Saturday while en route to New York for his mother's funeral.

Ianello is due three more years of his $300,000 annual salary, though Wistrcill told reporters at a Saturday news conference that negotiations are ongoing. Wistrcill also told reporters that there will be a national search for Ianello's replacement.

For more on the Zips, visit MAC blog Hustle Belt.

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