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Akron football coach Tom Arth talks to Jim Donovan about state of program & how team is dealing with pandemic

'At the end of the day, we have the opportunity to do what we love as players and coaches.'

AKRON, Ohio — Few people have more experience with football in Northeast Ohio than Tom Arth.

A former St. Ignatius and John Carroll quarterback, Arth is now getting ready for his second season as the head coach of the Akron Zips. The only question is, When can his team get on the field?

"I think we are all starting to feel a little better as the NCAA starts to allow student athletes to return to campus to train," Arth told 3News' Jim Donvan. "We’re hearing about different plans and I think we are all a little more confident."

2019 was a tough season for Arth’s Zips, as they were the only Division I program to go winless. But they bring back a lot of talented players, and Arth is looking for the chance to get back to InfoCision Stadium.

"At the end of the day, we have the opportunity to do what we love as players and coaches," he said. "We have an opportunity to live our dream at the highest level in college football. It’s such an incredible blessing. I hope when we get the opportunity to get back on the field we’ll remember that."

The Zips are scheduled to open the season Sept. 5 at home against Youngstown State. You can watch Arth's full conversation with Jimmy in the player above.

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