Texas coach Tom Herman appears ready to turn his offense over to Tim Beck, the Ohio State co-offensive coordinator that Buckeyes fans are happy to see leave Columbus.
Beck, once a high school coach in Carrollton and Mansfield, rose through the collegiate ranks and was a two-time Broyles Award finalist as the nation’s top assistant during his time at Nebraska.
On Tuesday, Ohio State announced that Ryan Day was named the school’s new quarterbacks coach and that Tim Beck was “pursuing other opportunities.” Horns Digest reported that Beck would be named Texas’ new offensive coordinator. A UT spokesman could not confirm.
Beck’s appointment would come three days after Ohio State was shutout for the first time since 1993 in a 31-0 loss to Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl.
Ohio State media reports were harshly critical of the entire Buckeyes’ offensive staff after the loss. Some reports portrayed Beck as one of the problems, but it was co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner who called the plays.
Asked if he would remain on the Ohio State staff, Beck said, “I don’t know. That’s Coach (Urban) Meyer’s decision. … I’m one of the leaders of the offense. So with that being said, bullets get shot at me and I’ve got to do a better job. That’s kind of where it is, and I understand that.”
The Buckeyes threw the ball 21 times on 27 plays in the first half against the Tigers. “I didn’t realize that until you said it,” Meyer said. “That was not the game plan. I think we kind of got taken out of the game plan a little bit. But no, that was our plan, to be balanced. We didn’t follow the plan.”
Even former Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee tweeted, “Play calling was such trash tonight.”
Beck, a Youngstown, Ohio, native, graduated from Central Florida and got his master’s degree at Kansas State. He became the head coach at Carrollton Turner High School in 1999 and helped the school make back-to-back playoff appearances for the first time in 35 years. He then led Mansfield Summit High School from 2002-04.
Beck moved on to become a receivers coach at Kansas in 2005. He joined Nebraska as the running backs, receivers and passing game coordinator in 2008 and rose to become the Huskers’ offensive coordinator in 2011.
Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez threw for almost 5,000 yards in 2011 and 2012 combined along with 36 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. The Huskers never won less than nine games during Beck’s four seasons as offensive coordinator, yet head coach Bo Pelini was dismissed after 2014.
Beck arrived at Ohio State just as Herman was leaving the offensive coordinator position for the head coaching job at Houston in 2015.
The Buckeyes have gone 23-3 the past two seasons. Still, it’s widely believed in Columbus that Ohio State’s offense wasn’t the same after Herman left.
The Buckeyes averaged 44.8 points per game during their national championship run in 2014 with Herman as the offensive coordinator. That was the fourth-highest total in the nation.
Ohio State fell back to 28th in scoring at 35.7 points per game in 2015 and finished 14th this year at 39.4. Beck and Warinner rotated play-calling duties before Meyer settled on Warinner this season.
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.”
At Texas, Beck will inherit a quarterback room with Shane Buechele, who rewrote the UT freshman record book, and incoming freshman Sam Ehlinger of Westlake.
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