Rob Ianello hired a former Syracuse defensive line coach to fill the same position on his staff.
Akron's coach calls Derrick Jackson an energetic recruiter and teacher. An earlier report said Bryant Young, a former San Francisco 49er, would take the defensive line job, but whispers began to surface that wasn't accurate.
Ianello also hired Mike Cochran as strength and conditioning coach. Cochran served in that role at Marshall. He also has experience working under Jim Tressel at Youngstown State and Ohio State.
You absolutely must read the story of LeVon Morefield, an Akron player who won the national Rudy Award, given to the walk-on who best demonstrates character, courage, contribution and commitment. What a great accomplishment! It's also nice that Morefield's professional career is looking up.