Texas’ gain was apparently Ohio State’s gain as well.
Earlier this month Texas hired Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Tim Beck as the Longhorns’ new offensive coordinator. The move was met with mixed feelings as the Buckeyes were days removed from being shutout 31-0 for the first time under Urban Meyer against eventual national champion Clemson and had experienced a steady dip in offensive production as the season went on. Some Ohio State fans pinned the offense’s struggles on Beck and Ed Warinner.
Texas hired Beck, and Warinner was hired by the University of Minnesota as an offensive line coach a week later.
These changes helped junior quarterback J.T. Barrett make a decision, he told the Associated Press this week. The quarterback decided to return to Columbus, saying the changes were part of the reason.
“Something new,” Barrett told the Associated Press. “Change is also a good thing. Change is not always bad. I think it was needed.”
Barrett added that Buckeye’s offense wasn’t “lighting up the scoreboard,” but defended the unit as well. “It was not like we were awful by any means. We’ve got the train running, we just got to make sure it’s going full speed,” he said.
Beck was not the play-caller at Ohio State in 2016.
Barrett’s best season came when new texas coach Tom Herman was the offensive coordinator. As a red-shirt freshman, Barrett threw 34 touchdowns and rushed for 11 more.