Former Nebraska assistant Tim Beck will be hired by Ohio State to replace co-offensive coordinator Tom Herman, a person familiar with the deal told the Associated Press on Sunday.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not to be announced until after Ohio State played Oregon in the College Football Playoff national championship game Monday.

Herman is leaving the Buckeyes to become the coach at Houston, replacing the fired Tony Levine. He has been the Buckeyes co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Urban Meyer since 2012.

Beck had been at Nebraska since 2008, but he was not retained by new coach Mike Riley after Bo Pelini was fired. Under Beck, the Cornhuskers ran a spread offense that never ranked lower than sixth in the Big Ten in total offense since Nebraska joined in 2011.

Marshall next on tap

Ohio State already has lost two quarterbacks to injuries. What happens if Cardale Jones goes down Monday?

The Buckeyes' next option is Jalin Marshall, who has thrown two passes this season — both were incomplete. The team likely would run a lot of wildcat if he's in the game.

"It's kind of difficult and hard for him because he's a receiver," Jones said. "We don't expect him to get in and do things that a quarterback would do, but he should be able to get in and manage the game."

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