After the Buckeyes got embarrassed on Saturday in the Fiesta Bowl, it was evident something needed changed on the offensive side of the ball. That change came today in Columbus.
Co-offensive coordinator Tim Beck left the program to become the offensive coordinator at the University of Texas. He’ll join former Buckeyes offensive coordinator and Longhorns head coach Tom Herman’s staff.
While Beck looked like a great hire two years ago after he was fired at Nebraska, it was not a good tenure for him. Last year, he got bye with future NFL talent like Ezekiel Elliott and Michael Thomas on offense. This season, now while he had guys like Curtis Samuel and Mike Weber, it wasn’t as explosive like the offense had been in previous years under Urban Meyer.
One of Beck’s replacements became official today with the hire of Ryan Day. He’ll be the quarterback coach as well as a coordinator.
Day has been a 15 year coaching veteran at both the college and NFL level. He’s been in the NFL the last two years as a quarterback coach with the Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers. He also has ties with Urban Meyer as he served under him as a graduate assistant in 2005 at Florida.
Day was the offensive coordinator at Boston College from 2013-2014 where he focused the offense around running back Andre Williams in 2013 which led to 2,177 yards and a spot as a Heisman finalist.
Although it’s not official, it sounds like Ohio State will hire former Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson as offensive coordinator.
Wilson resigned from Indiana after the season after allegations of player mistreatments surfaced to the media.
Regardless of the allegations, you can’t deny Wilson’s coaching ability on offense. A 32 year coaching career as an assistant and as a head coach, he’s spent time at North Carolina, Miami (Ohio), Northwestern, Oklahoma and Indiana.
He was the Hoosiers head coach from 2011 to 2016 and he took them to back to back bowl appearances for the first time in 25 years.
He also produced some NFL talent like wide receiver Cody Latimer for the Denver Broncos, Tevin Coleman for the Atlanta Falcons, and Jordan Howard for the Chicago Bears who finished 2nd in the league in rushing this year.
If Wilson does indeed come to Columbus, these are both home run hires for Ohio State.
Now of course we have to see how the offense looks before finally determining if they’re good hires but they needed to upgrade the coaching on offense and I think that happened with Day and potentially Wilson.