Tim Beck, a well-worn target for disgruntled Ohio State fans, is getting a fresh start at Texas.
On Tuesday, the Longhorns announced that Beck will be the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Tom Herman, the coach he originally replaced in Columbus.
Also, the school announced that former Chicago Bears running backs coach Stan Drayton, another former Ohio State assistant, will take a similar position at Texas. Drayton, who guided running back Ezekiel Elliott with the Buckeyes, will be an associate head coach and run game coordinator at UT.
With Beck and Drayton now on board, Herman’s nine-man assistant coaching staff is complete before the NCAA-mandated dead recruiting period ends on Jan. 11.
Social media lit up after news broke that Beck was headed to Austin, as Buckeyes fans believe he was partly to blame for their team’s embarrassing 31-0 loss to Clemson in the CFP semifinals on Saturday. It was the first time Ohio State had been shut out since 1993.
There was no discussion of Beck’s time at Ohio State in a 2,185-word press release issued by UT. Other than a three-minute PR moment about delivering pizzas to UT students, Herman has not made himself available to Texas-based reporters since his introductory press conference on Nov. 27.
In the release, there were only platitudes about a two-time Broyles Award finalist who once coached at Carrollton and Mansfield high schools before collegiate stops at Kansas and Nebraska.
“I’m so excited to have Tim joining our staff and running our offense,” Herman said in the statement. “Not only is he a coach that is highly thought of in our business, but he’s an unbelievable person who does a tremendous job developing players, building relationships, working with a staff, recruiting — everything you’re looking for as a head coach in an assistant.”
In the statement, Beck said Texas was a program that “I’ve always hoped and dreamed I could one day be a part of.
“There is no place like Texas, and I’ve always considered the University of Texas as the pinnacle of that, and what a great opportunity to be in this position while working with a great head coach in Tom Herman.”
Former Texas coach Charlie Strong tried to hire others as offensive coordinator before ultimately going with his friend Shawn Watson in 2014. Watson’s run as UT’s play-caller lasted 13 games before he got demoted after the 2015 season opener. The Longhorns wound up having three play-callers during Strong’s three-year tenure.
Ohio State fans have never been happy with the Buckeyes’ offense since Herman left after the 2014 national championship.
The Buckeyes averaged 44.8 points in 2014 with Herman at the offensive controls. Once Herman left for Houston, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer turned those duties over to Beck, who was Nebraska’s offensive coordinator from 2011-14.
It didn’t go well despite Ohio State’s 10-0 start. After a 17-14 loss to Michigan State in 2015, Meyer tapped co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner for the final two games. Ohio State averaged 43 points in blowouts over Michigan and Notre Dame.
Meyer wasn’t effusive in praising Beck last spring. Asked specifically about Beck’s coaching of the quarterbacks, Meyer told Cleveland.com, “Just OK. He took over for a very valuable guy. I expect more out of him.”
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