COLUMBUS, Ohio — Changes are coming to the Ohio State coaching staff.
Early Monday morning, Horns Digest’s Chip Brown reported that Buckeyes quarterbacks coach and co-offensive coordinator Tim Beck is leaving Ohio State to join Tom Herman’s staff at Texas. Beck will assume the role of offensive coordinator for the Longhorns.
Per Brown, Beck had been a top target of Herman’s ever since Houston opted to hire Major Applewhite to replace Herman as its head coach in early-December. The Cougars’ offensive coordinator under Herman, Applewhite would have been a natural fit to join his old boss in Austin.
Beck arrived at Ohio State in early 2015 after seven seasons as an offensive assistant at Nebraska. He has natural ties to Texas, having served as a high school head coach in the Lone Star State from 1999-2004.
Beck has been a polarizing figure within the Ohio State fanbase since arriving in Columbus to replace Herman, who had taken the head coaching job at Houston. In 2015, the Buckeyes ranked 100th nationally in passing, improving to 82nd this past year. Under Beck’s direction, OSU quarterback J.T. Barrett won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football and was named the Big Ten’s Quarterback of the Year in 2016.
With Beck as a co-coordinator, OSU’s offense ranked 41st nationally in 2015 and 32nd in 2016.
The Youngstown, Ohio, native also served as one of OSU’s top recruiters the past two years. Per 247Sports, he has played a prominent role in securing commitments from current Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, 2017 commit Tate Martell and 2018 commit Emory Jones. He was also instrumental in maintaining the Buckeyes’ Texas pipeline, helping land 5-star linebacker Baron Browning and aiding the pursuit of 5-star cornerback Jeffrey Okudah.
Beck’s departure leaves an opening for a quarterbacks coach and a potential play-caller on Ohio State’s staff.
Land of 10 is working to confirm Beck’s departure.