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Ohio State unveils staff moves

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The coaching staff of the reigning national champions is again complete, with the Ohio State Buckeyes moving quickly to fill the only hole on the staff by hiring former Nebraska assistant Tim Beck and promoting a new playcaller for their vaunted offense.

Less than two days after the Buckeyes claimed the national title in the final game of Tom Herman's decorated career with the program before he takes over at Houston, coach Urban Meyer tabbed offensive line coach Ed Warinner to fill the primary offensive coordinator role and Beck to handle the quarterbacks and become the co-offensive coordinator.

"Ed Warinner is certainly deserving, experienced and well-qualified for the offensive coordinator position," Meyer said in a news 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.

"I have known Tim for several years and have also watched and competed against him. I have always respected his knowledge of the game and he is respected in the profession. I always look for coordinators and co-coordinators who will mesh with our staff, our style and can make us better. I believe Tim will do just that."

Beck takes over a unit that, as currently constructed, would be the envy of any position coach in the country, with three award-winning quarterbacks in line to return.

Braxton Miller, a two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, is eligible for a graduate transfer. Redshirt sophomore Cardale Jones, the winner of all three postseason games for the Buckeyes, has been mentioned as a potential candidate to leave early for the NFL. But Ohio State expects both to return to the program along with rising sophomore J.T. Barrett, the reigning Big Ten Quarterback of the Year.

That would give Beck no shortage of tools to work with in his first season under Meyer.

"I am extremely excited to be joining the Ohio State coaching staff," Beck said in the release. "It's quite an honor, being an Ohio guy and growing up [in Youngstown] 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."