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Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Former Kansas assistant interviews at Akron

By Graham Watson

Kansas offensive coordinator Ed Warinner interviewed Monday for the head coaching job at the University of Akron, according to the Lawrence Journal-World.

Akron fired former coach J.D. Brookhart at the end of the regular season after the Zips finished 3-9 and sixth in the Mid-American Conference East Division.

Warinner began his career at Akron in 1984, when he served one season as the running backs coach before leaving for Michigan State. Warinner also coached at Army, Air Force and Illinois.

Warinner, who just completed his fifth season at Kansas, was not retained as one of three interim coaches from former coach Mark Mangino’s staff. Mangino resigned last week.

In the past three seasons under Warinner, Kansas has produced its top three passing and top three total offensive seasons in school history. This season, it finished the year ranked seventh in the NCAA in passing offense (310.3 yards per game) and 25th in total offense (422.42).

Warinner was one of three finalists for the American Football Coaches Association's National Assistant Coach of the Year Award this past season.