As new Texas head coach Tom Herman continues to put together his staff in Austin, he is bringing with him a member of Ohio State’s coaching staff in Columbus.
According to a report from Chip Brown of Horns Digest, Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Tim Beck will join Herman’s staff at Texas.
According to the report, Beck will run the Texas offense under Herman and will serve as the quarterbacks coach for the Longhorns. Herman is noted for his offensive flair and work with quarterbacks as well, but as the head coach he still needs to divide up responsibilities so he can be the best head coach he can be. Even at Houston, Herman had Major Applewhite calling the offensive plays within the basic gameplan Herman wanted to utilize. The same will be true in Austin with Herman and Beck.
For Beck, a move from Ohio State to Texas will be a nice upgrade in his responsibilities. Per Brown’s report, Beck was never in control of calling the offensive plays at Ohio State under Urban Meyer in 2016 but did alternate that duty in 2015 as Meyer switched things up. That job fell on offensive coordinator Ed Warinner, who joined Ohio State’s coaching staff when Meyer was hired and served as the team’s co-offensive coordinator from 2012 through 2014, sharing the responsibilities with Herman before Herman left to coach Houston. Once Herman left for Houston, Warriner picked up the playcalling duties while Beck was there to assist. Now, Beck will get a chance to run the offense in a conference where offenses are expected to be high-flying.
For Herman, he gets one key member of his staff he reportedly wanted from the jump. Ohio State’s participation in the College Football Playoff likely was a reason for the delay in moving forward with the pursuit of Beck. Ohio State was eliminated from the College Football Playoff with a scoreless thud against Clemson, but don’t let that fool you into thinking Texas is getting a dud of an offensive coordinator.
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