Buckeyes to hire Beck

Published 12:55 am Monday, January 12, 2015

DALLAS (AP) — Former Nebraska assistant Tim Beck will be hired by Ohio State to replace co-offensive coordinator Tom Herman, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Sunday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not to be announced until after Ohio State played Oregon on Monday night in the College Football Playoff national championship game.

ESPN.com first reported Beck would be hired by Ohio State.

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Herman is leaving the Buckeyes to become the head coach at Houston. He has been the Buckeyes co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Urban Meyer since 2012.

Beck had been at Nebraska since 2008, but he was not retained by new coach Mike Riley after Bo Pelini was fired. Under Beck, the Cornhuskers ran a spread offense that never ranked lower than sixth in the Big Ten in total offense since Nebraska joined the conference in 2011.

Beck worked with Ohio State co-offensive coordinator and line coach Ed Warinner at Kansas in 2007. The Jayhawks went 12-1 and were eighth in the nation in total offense at 480 yards per game that season.

Like Herman, Beck also has ties to Texas. Beck was a high school coach in Texas for six years before going to Kansas and recruited the Lone Star state for Nebraska.