Though it comes as little surprise, Ohio State's officially promoted offensive line (and co-offensive coordinator) Ed Warinner into the lead offensive coordinator role, replacing Tom Herman. The Buckeyes' OC since the beginning of the Urban Meyer era is headed to Houston to be the Cougars' head coach.
Warinner more than earned the promotion in light of his near miraculous work with the Buckeyes' offensive line. You'd be hard pressed to watch film of the Virginia Tech game and the Oregon game consecutively and believe it was the same group of players. ESPN's Trevor Matich said of the Bucks' performance against Oregon that the line was doing stuff all night long he didn't learn how to do until he made it to the NFL.
"Ed Warinner is certainly deserving, experienced and well-qualified for the offensive coordinator position," Urban Meyer said in a press release. "I'm pleased to be able to promote from within our program and I believe he is going to be an excellent coordinator for us."
The Buckeyes also made official the hiring of Tim Beck, the former Nebraska offensive coordinator. Beck's title will be co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Though he's not expected to be directly responsible for play calling, he will play a huge role in game planning and is expected to help pick up where Tom Herman left off at recruiting the state of Texas.
“I am extremely excited to be joining the Ohio State coaching staff,” Beck said in the athletic department's release. “It’s quite an honor, being an Ohio guy and growing up here and now having the opportunity to work at The Ohio State University. Words can’t explain it. I’m just really excited and I’m looking forward to working with coach Meyer, and to learn from him and to help the coaches there continue with the successes they have already started.”