Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kevin Haskin: Doug Meacham, KU Offensive Coordinator, Faces Former Team, TCU

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Kevin Haskin: Doug Meacham, KU Offensive Coordinator, Faces Former Team, TCU

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LAWRENCE -- One of the top football recruits Kansas landed does not wear a uniform.

Doug Meacham was considered a blue chip needed to take over play-calling.

That much, KU coach David Beaty acknowledged after attempting to juggle that responsibility with all the other obligations a football CEO must handle -- something that remains problematic with the Jayhawks sitting 1-5 overall and 0-3 in the Big 12.

"To get a guy like Meacham in here was going to be so important,'' Beaty conceded, "because it was going to allow me to be able to do the job that the head coach has to do on game day -- manage, understand time management -- and really put your focus on that.''

Kansas showed some offensive strides out of the gate, but regressed in Big 12 play to a point the Jayhawks grinded to a halt last week. Averaging fewer than 2 yards per snap, they recorded five first downs and were blanked 45-0 by Iowa State.

Next up is No. 4 TCU. As league leaders, the Horned Frogs (6-0, 3-0) feature the best defense in the Big 12. Meacham knows them well too after serving the past three seasons on the TCU staff as co-offensive coordinator.

An advantage possibly? Maybe a bit in terms of schemes and personnel, but remember, Meacham has the same KU offense he must try to salvage.

Makes sense for him not to make much of any gathering involving his old team in Fort Worth.

"Just the next game,'' Meacham said. "Now, I can let my mind go there and make it different, but I just can't. It's the next one. It's most important because it's the next one. That's it.''

Meacham has ventured down this road before in the Big 12. He was three years removed from his longtime role as an Oklahoma State assistant (2005-12) when TCU was undefeated and ranked No. 5 in 2015, but lost 49-29 in Stillwater. The Frogs tumbled despite 663 total yards.

That's a field day compared to the 106 yards Kansas managed last week, making this reunion with TCU much different in terms of preparation.

Not that Beaty ever sees much change in the step of his bouncy assistant.

"He could be a poster boy for Red Bull and never have a drink of it,'' Beaty said. …

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