New Chargers head coach Brandon Staley cut his coaching teeth at the small college level before getting a shot to jump to the NFL with the Bears in 2017.
Now it appears he's tapping into those small college connections for his Chargers staff.
According to a report from Pete Thamel, Akron head coach Tom Arth has emerged as a target to join Staley's staff.
Arth was the head coach at John Carroll from 2013-16, where Staley was on staff as his defensive coordinator. He went an impressive 40-8 there, culminating with a trip to the D-III semifinals and 12-2 record in 2016.
In 2017, he took made the jump to the FCS level at UT Chattanooga, and went 3-8 and 6-5 before heading back "home" to take the Akron job in 2019.
Two seasons in at Akron, Arth has gone 0-12 and 1-5. Akron is a program facing major financial challenges in their quest to turn things around, and the opportunity to jump to the NFL working with a guy he has a great relationship with may be too good of an opportunity to pass up.
With the FBS coaching change ticker currently at 14 after Tennessee's decision to move on from Jeremy Pruitt, it appears the FBS head coaching cycle may not quite be done.
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