Kansas University offensive coordinator Ed Warinner, who on Monday interviewed for the University of Akron head coaching vacancy, did not get the job, a school official confirmed Wednesday.
Akron, which last month fired coach J.D. Brookhart and his staff following a 3-9 season, is expected to announce Notre Dame assistant head coach Rob Ianello as the program’s new coach during a Thursday news conference.
Warinner began his career at Akron in 1984, when he served one season as the running backs coach before moving to Michigan State. He served two seasons there before moving on to Army, Air Force and Illinois.
Akron would have represented Warinner’s first head-coaching job.
In the past three seasons under Warinner, who was recently named a finalist for the American Football Coaches Association’s National Assistant Coach of the Year award, the Kansas offense thrived, finishing the 2009 season ranked seventh in the NCAA in passing offense (310.3 yards per game) and 25th in total offense (422.42).
The Jayhawks also produced their top three passing and top three total offense seasons in school history under his watch.