Doug Meacham has left TCU for Kansas, where he will coordinate the Jayhawks’ offense, KU coach David Beaty announced Thursday.
Meacham arrived at TCU for the 2014 season as co-offensive coordinator with Sonny Cumbie. Since then, the Horned Frogs have had one of the nation’s most potent offenses.
“We did not want to lose Doug Meacham, but he had to do what’s best for his family,” TCU coach Gary Patterson said in a written statement. “He will always be a Horned Frog.”
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Meacham and Cumbie installed the Air Raid offense in their first season at TCU, as the Horned Frogs averaged 46.5 points and 533 yards per game behind quarterback Trevone Boykin. The Horned Frogs finished 12-1, shared the Big 12 title with Baylor and defeated Ole Miss in the Peach Bowl.
In 2015, TCU was again among the nation’s offensive leaders, averaging 562.8 yards (third) and 42.1 points (seventh).
But this past season, penalties and inconsistency plagued the Horned Frogs as they struggled to a 6-6 record.
Their 31.7 points per game ranked eighth among Big 12 teams. TCU managed only one touchdown in its last two home games, losses to Oklahoma State and Kansas State.
After the 31-6 loss to Oklahoma State on Nov. 18 Patterson said the Horned Frogs were “embarrassed” by the Cowboys.
“We got our butts kicked, and I’m not just talking about the players,” Patterson said after the game. “It’s our job as coaches to find the answers. Shoot, maybe we’ll be changing offenses again. Got to be able to run the football.”
Meacham will also coach the receivers at Kansas.
“I am thrilled to be adding someone of the caliber of Doug Meacham to our staff,” Beaty said in the announcement. “Doug is someone I have admired for quite some time for his creativity on the offensive side of the ball. I have had to go up against him several times and it was always a huge challenge because of his ability to direct an offense. I am incredibly thankful to have him on our staff moving forward.”