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Ohio State co-OC Tim Beck leaving Ohio State to join Texas, Tom Herman

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Plot twist.

Ohio State fans’ relationship with Tim Beck has been a complicated one.

Nebraska partisans were seemingly happy to see him go. Beck’s own place in the college football pantheon was such then that multiple Getty image photos of him were actually mislabeled ones of other Cornhusker assistants.

While Beck’s had his fair share of big wins on the recruiting trail — particularly in the state of Texas, where Beck was an accomplished high school head coach — OSU’s offensive regression post Tom Herman and the failure of J.T. Barrett’s development as a passer had caused, fairly or unfairly, Beck to be in many a fans’ collective crosshairs.

Now the desire for new ideas and input into the Buckeye offense will be coming to fruition next season as the Ohio State co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach is leaving OSU to join Herman at the University of Texas as co-offensive coordinator. Ohio State confirmed Beck’s departure when it announced the hiring of Ryan Day as the Buckeyes’ new quarterbacks coach.

Beck will perhaps be most remembered at OSU for the contentious quarterback competition of 2015 which eventually culminated in a stillborn offensive showing against Michigan State, effectively ending the Buckeyes’ title defense hopes. While long time collaborator Ed Warinner was actually the principle play caller for the Buckeyes, the offense’s inability to live up to the high standard established by their predecessor will likely forever color perception of Beck’s time in Columbus.

Here’s wishing the soon to be former assistant the best in Austin. If Tom Herman ultimately calls his own plays with Beck focused on recruitment, the situation might prove best for everyone involved.