Toledo passes on MU's Eberflus for head football coach

Thursday, December 4, 2008 | 7:30 p.m. CST; updated 7:36 p.m. CST, Thursday, December 4, 2008
Matt Eberflus

TOLEDO, Ohio — Toledo hired Tim Beckman as its head football coach Thursday, selecting the Oklahoma State defensive coordinator to take over its football program.

Beckman, a native of Ohio, has spent the past two seasons at Oklahoma State, where his 14th-ranked Cowboys (9-3) gave up 27 points per game this season in the Big 12.

They held Texas to a season-low 28 points but gave up 61 to Oklahoma last week.
“I didn’t always have this gray hair,” Beckman said. “It just came about in the last couple of months.”

Also in consideration for the Toledo coaching position was Missouri defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus who met with Toledo officials on Sunday to interview for the opening. Eberflus had ties to the Toledo program; he was an all-conference linebacker at Toledo in 1991 and 1992, and then joined the Toledo coaching staff as a graduate assistant in 1992 under current Missouri head coach Gary Pinkel.

Before going to Oklahoma State, Beckman coached defensive backs at Ohio State for two years and spent six seasons as defensive coordinator at Bowling Green, Toledo’s rival in the Mid-American Conference.

He coached with two of his mentors, Jim Tressel at Ohio State and Florida’s Urban Meyer. Beckman and Meyer were together for two seasons at Bowling Green.

“They’ve given me insight on how to build programs, how to be successful and how to graduate your football players,” Beckman said. “Teaching players how to be great people.”

He’ll replace Tom Amstutz, who announced his resignation last month. Amstutz was 57-38 in eight years at Toledo and led the Rockets to four bowl games and two Mid-American Conference championships.

Toledo athletic director Mike O’Brien said Beckman brings the same type of character found in those he has coached with in the past.

“Tim’s that type of person,” O’Brien said. “He has a commitment to making his players better people.”

Beckman is from Berea, Ohio, and his father, Dave, coached at Iowa and later was an assistant for the NFL’s Cleveland Browns and the San Diego Chargers.
He will get a chance to go against one of his mentors next season. Toledo plays Ohio State in Cleveland on Sept. 19.

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Dennis Bentch December 6, 2008 | 8:54 p.m.

I wish they would have took him. We need a new defensive coordinator. We have had the worst defense. Maybe if we had a defense, we could win some of the big games.

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