FRISCO, Texas — Kansas football made a tremendous hire this offseason, stealing offensive coordinator Doug Meacham away from TCU to the same position.
Head coach David Beaty made no secret of just how much he wanted to hire Meacham.
“When I first got to Kansas, I called him 10 times,” Beaty said. “I told him, ‘look, you can have all the money. I’ll hire everybody else for a dollar. You can have it all. What’s it going to take to get you here?’ I think that much of him.”
The results were sensational with Meacham calling plays at TCU. His first year, the Horned Frogs went from 344.8 yards per game to 533.0 yards per game. More shockingly, TCU went from 25.1 points per game to 46.5 points per game.
However, Beaty hired him for more than just his football knowledge. Beaty has a relationship with him that dates back to his days as a Texas high school football coach.
“Doug has done such a great job of making sure that we have fun every day,” Beaty said. “He’s a guy that is infectious and you just want to be around him. He’s one of those people.”
But more than anything, Beaty hired Meacham to get quick results.
“His leadership over the last three years of what he was able to do with Coach Patterson and those guys at TCU, over 500 yards a game over three years,” Beaty said. “That’s good enough to be top five in the country. He did that instantaneously when he walked into the place.
“We’re really excited about Doug.”