Former Mansfield Summit football coach Tim Beck is expected to be named Ohio State’s co-offensive coordinator after the season, according to multiple reports.
Beck had been an assistant at Nebraska since 2008, including offensive coordinator since 2011. Beck was let go when head coach Bo Pelini was fired in November.
Beck was the head coach at Summit from 2002-04 before becoming wide receivers coach at Kansas. He was also the head coach at Carrollton Turner from 1999 to 2001.
Beck replaces Tom Herman, who will take over as head coach at Houston after Monday’s title game.
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer told cleveland.com in December that recruiting Texas was an important aspect of the job.
“That’s part of the job description,” Meyer said in December. “To be to able to go get a kid out of Texas.”
Beck is from Youngstown, Ohio, and played two years at Central Florida. He began his coaching career at Miramar High School in Florida in 1988 before moving on to Illinois State, Kansas State and Missouri State in the 1990s.
After Oregon’s Mark Helfrich opened Sunday morning’s final news conference with a humorous statement underlining both coaches’ readiness to get on with the game, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer underscored the point perfectly.
Helfrich: “This is our 15th opening statement of the postseason, so I’ll keep it brief. But very excited, obviously, to be a part of college football history and representing the University of Oregon, the Pac-12 Conference, and certainly kind of West Coast football in a lot of ways, a tremendous honor to be up here with coach Meyer, a legend in our game, a guy that’s done it many times and had a tremendous amount of success and congratulations to Ohio State and everything they’ve accomplished.
“And we’re ready to go. Enough talking and questions and answers and flashbulbs. Our guys are excited and ready to compete.”
Of course, Meyer expounded on that after a big laugh, but his point was made. Both coaches and their teams are ready to play it, not say it.
Players will receive a pair of Beats by Dre headphones as part of their gifts, according to reports.
The headphones, which retail for $299.95, will count toward the schools’ $400 gift allowance.
LeBron James, who endorses Beats by Dre, helped facilitate the connection with Beats by Dre, an Ohio State spokesman told cleveland.com: “The headphones were donated to Ohio State and were distributed within the permissible NCAA limitations on awards.”
James has said he would have gone to Ohio State if he hadn’t gone straight to the NBA out of high school.
Oregon players also received the headphones from the Pac-12 for playing in the conference championship, according to ESPN.
2 The number of schools at which Nick Saban has won national championships as head coach. Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, who won two titles at Florida, can become the second coach in history to do it with a win against Oregon.