Curt Mallory will be Akron's next defensive coordinator, according to the Associated Press.
Mallory had served as co-defensive coordinator at Illinois the past three seasons. He was one of three finalists for the head coaching job at Central Michigan, which eventually went to Michigan State's Dan Enos.
The new coordinator lettered two years at Michigan (1989-90) and served as an assistant coach at Ball State, Central Michigan and Indiana.
The other finalist was rumored to be Vince Okruch, Akron's linebackers coach last season under J.D. Brookhart.
Ohio is favored by two tonight against Akron at The Convo.
As Tom Gaffney writes, this game begins Akron's most difficult stretch of games this season, with four of the next five coming on the road.