Just two days after knocking off Oregon in the College Football Playoff title game, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer announced a few changes to his offensive staff on Wednesday.
With offensive coordinator Tom Herman off to be the head coach at Houston, Meyer promoted offensive line coach Ed Warriner to offensive coordinator. Additionally, Meyer confirmed the hire of Nebraska’s Tim Beck as the Buckeyes’ co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Warinner has been Ohio State’s co-offensive coordinator for the past three seasons and has helped the Buckeyes set a number of school and conference records on offense, including the Big Ten record for rushing yards (4,321) in 2013 and the school records for passing yards (3,707) and touchdowns (42) in 2014.
“Ed Warinner is certainly deserving, experienced and well-qualified for the offensive coordinator position,” Meyer said. “I’m pleased to be able to promote from within our program and I believe he is going to be an excellent coordinator for us.”
Before joining the Ohio State staff, Warinner had stints as an assistant with Notre Dame, Kansas, Illinois, Air Force, Army, Michigan State and Akron.
Beck, a native of Youngstown, Ohio, joins the Buckeyes’ staff after spending the last seven seasons under Bo Pelini at Nebraska. First he was the running backs coach for the Huskers from 2008-2010 before being promoted to offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2011.
“I have known Tim for several years and have also watched and competed against him,” Meyer said. “I have always respected his knowledge of the game and he is respected in the profession. I always look for coordinators and co-coordinators who will mesh with our staff, our style and can make us better. I believe Tim will do just that.”
Before his time at Nebraska, Beck coached at Kansas (including one season with Warinner), Missouri State, Kansas State and Illinois State. He also was a head coach at the high school level for nine years.
“I am extremely excited to be joining the Ohio State coaching staff,” Beck said. “It’s quite an honor, being an Ohio guy and growing up here and now having the opportunity to work at The Ohio State University. Words can’t explain it. I’m just really excited and I’m looking forward to working with coach Meyer, and to learn from him and to help the coaches there continue with the successes they have already started.”
Nebraska’s offense was in the top half of the Big Ten in each of Beck’s seasons as offensive coordinator, including first in 2012 and fourth in 2014. When Pelini was fired, Beck was not retained by new Nebraska coach Mike Riley.
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