Report: Bucks close to hiring Beck
According to published reports it appears the Buckeyes are on the verge of hiring Tim Beck to fill the vacancy on the staff that will be open after the championship game and Tom Herman leaves the team to take over the head coaching duties of the University of Houston.
ESPN's Joe Schad first reported the news that the former Nebraska offensive coordinator would be hired by the Buckeyes after the championship game.
Ohio State plans to add former Nebraska offensive coordinator Tim Beck to staff after the playoff championship game.- Joe Schad (@schadjoe) January 11, 2015
Beck is a Youngstown (Ohio) native and attended Cardinal Mooney high school and played his college football at Central Florida. Beck coached both at the high school and college level and has had stops Illinois State, Missouri State, Kansas and Nebraska. Beck and Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner both were on the Kansas staff during the 2007 season, a year where the Jayhawks went 12-1 and won the Orange Bowl.
Beck has recruiting ties to the state of Texas and the Buckeyes will be looking to keep those ties going after losing Herman. Herman was Ohio State's main recruiter in the Lone Star state and the Buckeyes have put a priority on a national recruiting approach under Urban Meyer.
The 48-year-old Beck was the offensive coordinator at Nebraska from 2011-2014 and was not retained after the dismissal of Bo Pelini. While with the Huskers Beck coached players that included Ameer Abudllah, Taylor Martinez and Rex Burkhead.
The Buckeyes have not announced their plans for how the offensive staff will look for the 2015 season as of yet but it appears that Warinner will become the main play caller while Beck (if the reports are true) will be a co-offensive coordinator and focus on the quarterbacks.
Ohio State plays in the national championship game on Monday night (8:30 pm EST) and an announcement on this move could be made within a couple days.