When something goes wrong, Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer fixes the issue as soon as he can. Less than 72 hours after his team was shutout (and embarrassed) against the Clemson Tigers Saturday night, Meyer’s offensive coaching staff has already made some drastic changes.
On Tuesday, co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tim Beck was named the new Texas Longhorns offensive coordinator, joining former Buckeyes offensive coordinator and new Texas head coach Tom Herman’s staff in Austin. Beck has been criticized over the past two seasons, ever since he came to Columbus. Whether it was quarterback J.T. Barrett regressing or the questionable playcalling on the offensive side of the ball, he has taken the brunt of the blame. Whether it’s deserved or not, Beck has moved on, and so have the Buckeyes.
Tuesday afternoon, the school announced that Ryan Day has been hired as the new quarterbacks coach. Most recently the quarterbacks coach of the San Francisco 49ers, he joins the scarlet and gray with 15 years of coaching experience, both in college and the NFL. A Chip Kelly understudy, Day knows how to help a spread, high-powered offense like Ohio State’s. Day has coached under Meyer before. In Meyer’s first season as the Florida Gators head coach in 2005, Day was a graduate assistant for the Gators. He inherits plenty of talent, both young and old, heading into 2017.
Then, Tuesday evening, reports surfaced that the Buckeyes have hired former Indiana Hoosiers head coach Kevin Wilson to be their offensive coordinator, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman.
Wilson, who resigned as head coach of the Hoosiers on December 1, following their 6-6 season, turned the Indiana program from a cellar dwellar to a mediocre team. But, what he is most known for is his incredible football mind. The guru helped Meyer create his spread offense before he landed his first head coaching gig at Bowling Green.
With the additions of Day and Wilson, Ed Warinner is expected to remain a part of Meyer’s staff but in a lesser capacity, most likely to concentrate solely on the offensive line. Keep in mind, the NCAA will most likely approve a 10 assistant with a vote in April. Currently, teams are only allowed to have nine.
After struggles with the offense for much of the last two seasons, these two hires seem to be home run-type additions, and many around the college football world agree. Meyer gets what Meyer wants.