Tim Beck leaves Ohio State for Texas; OSU announces his replacement

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Tim Beck spent seven seasons at Nebraska before a two-year stint with Ohio State. Now he’s reportedly headed to Texas. Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck gestures during Nebraska’s first day of NCAA college football practice in Lincoln, Neb., Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
Tim Beck spent seven seasons at Nebraska before a two-year stint with Ohio State. Now he’s reportedly headed to Texas. Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck gestures during Nebraska’s first day of NCAA college football practice in Lincoln, Neb., Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Tim Beck is leaving Columbus for the Big 12.

Beck has agreed to become the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Tom Herman at the University of Texas. The school announced the news after several reports emerged Tuesday morning.

“I’m so excited to have Tim joining our staff and running our offense,” Herman said. “He’s a guy I’ve known and respected for a long time. 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. And on top of all of the great success he’s had coaching across the country, he also spent several years coaching high school football in our great state. He’ll be a tremendous addition to our staff.”

Beck served as Ohio State’s co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for the past two seasons. He was hired by the Buckeyes after Herman left the program to become the head coach at Houston. When Herman left, offensive line coach Ed Warriner (who will reportedly remain on OSU’s staff moving forward) was promoted to offensive coordinator and Beck was brought on as the Buckeyes’ co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

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According to Horns Digest, which first reported the news, Beck will run the offense for the Longhorns like Major Applewhite did under Herman at Houston. Herman was hired by UT in December after two seasons at Houston.

From Horns Digest:

The sources said Beck, 50, will run Herman’s offense at Texas – just as Applewhite ran Herman’s offense at UH (serving as the lone offensive coordinator, calling plays, running the offense in practice, etc.), and that once Herman lays out the offensive philosophy and principles – Beck will be in full charge of the offense while serving as QB coach. Of course, Herman would be involved in adjustments to game plans and on game days, sources said.

At Ohio State, Beck oversaw the ongoing quarterback battle between Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett in 2015 and also spent some time as a playcaller. Warriner reportedly called plays for the Buckeyes in 2016 and Beck was met with some criticism for Barrett’s regression as a passer. Nonetheless, Beck proved to be a solid recruiter during his time on Urban Meyer’s staff.

Before landing at Ohio State, Beck spent seven seasons on Bo Pelini’s staff at Nebraska, including four seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Beck also had stints as an assistant at Kansas, Missouri State, Kansas State and Illinois State. He also was a head coach at the high school level for nine years, including several years in Texas.

“I’m extremely excited to be coming back to the state of Texas and working with a program that I’ve always hoped and dreamed I could one day be a part of,” Beck said. “I know first hand from my high school coaching days here that the passion of the fans, love for football and the way the state embraces it on the high school and college levels are just unbelievable. 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. He’s energetic, smart, innovative, has a great plan, and he’s put together an awesome staff. I can’t tell you how excited I am to get started.”

And at Ohio State, Meyer already had Beck’s replacement lined up. The school confirmed that it has hired Ryan Day as quarterbacks coach. Day spent the last two seasons as quarterbacks coach on Chip Kelly’s staff with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015 and the San Francisco 49ers in 2016.

Before his time in the NFL, Day was an assistant at Temple (receivers coach in 2006 and OC in 2012) and Boston College (receivers coach 2007-2011, OC 2013-2014) and was a graduate assistant under Meyer at Florida in 2005. Day was a college quarterback at New Hampshire from 1998 to 2001, where he was coached by Kelly, UNH’s offensive coordinator from 1999-2006.

In its press release, Ohio State noted that Beck is “pursuing other opportunities.”

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