I have to be honest – primarily to myself – I am elated. On Tuesday the Buckeyes co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tim Beck was named to the same position with the Texas Longhorns, joining new Texas coach Tom Herman’s staff.
(Haven’t the Longhorn fans suffered enough?) Okay perhaps that was a bit unnecessary ….
This announcement came rather rapidly following the Buckeyes humiliating loss in the Fiesta Bowl to Clemson on December 31, 2016 – 31-0.
Beck who shared the co-offensive duties with Ed Warriner 2015 & 2016 have come under constant fire. Specifically, for Beck, once arriving in Columbus from Nebraska, it has never been a fuzzy-warm moment. JT Barrett regressed on several occasions in questionable play-calling. And it seemed as if Beck received more of this blame than Warriner did. Regardless of what happened he has since moved onto Austin. I say Good Luck.
Urban Meyer has since announced that Ryan Day has been hired as the new QB’s coach. He joins the Buckeyes with 15 years of coaching experience, most recently, of course with Chip Kelly in the NFL with the SF 49ers. Let us not forget either that a Chip Kelly offense is productive … A notable point of interest is to mention that Day was a graduate assistant for the Florida Gators in Meyer’s first season there in 2005.
Then the hire that I love. Kevin Wilson, the former Indiana Hoosiers Head Coach – and, it gets so much better – he is hired as the offense coordinator. Is that an indication that the co-whatever it was experiment is done? And that Ed Warriner is …. Let’s stop there and just wait to see what happens. But undoubtedly he will be a lesser force outside of the offensive line coaching duties.
Some of the College stops that Wilson has made include Oklahoma under Bob Stoops. In the time frame that he was there 2002-2010 the Sooners offenses were some of the best in the nation – consistently. In his reign there were three Heisman Trophy Winners; 2003 QB Jason White; 2004 RB Adrian Peterson; 2008 QB Sam Bradford. And two Sporting News College Football Players of the Year; 2003 White and 2008 Bradford.
At Indiana under Wilson’s first year, the Hoosiers had a 1–11 record. In his second year, Indiana improved to 4-8. They would, in this year display an explosive offense, going from 80th nationally in pass offense to 19th and leading the Big Ten with 311.2 yards per game, in spite of losing the starting quarterback Tre Roberson in the season’s second game.
I will stop there ….
I am excited and cannot wait until next year. The 31-0 loss to Clemson doesn’t taste as bad now to me, now that I know that Urban opened up the medicine cabinet and fixed the boo-boo that has ailed the Buckeyes and their wondrous talent for the past two years.
Allow me to express precisely how I feel ….