TEMPE, Ariz. — After years toiling at smaller colleges, Doug Meacham became emotional when Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy, his former teammate, called to offer him a job at his alma mater three years ago.
"I was all choked up,” Meacham said. "I had tears in my eyes. That was a big moment for me. After years of mowing grass and handing out jocks, to get this opportunity...”
That opportunity might lead to an even bigger role at his alma mater. Gundy hired Tennessee wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor as co-offensive coordinator last week. But Taylor is known more for exceptional recruiting than X's and O's.
Speculation is Gundy will name someone currently on his staff as the other co-offensive coordinator.
One candidate is Meacham, OSU's tight ends coach who was a boxer in high school, raced motocross for years and claims he coined the term "War Pigs.”
"Doug is very knowledgeable,” Gundy said. "He's very intelligent. He graduated from here. I wanted to bring as many graduates back here as I could if it was a good fit. Doug fit here. He had a background in Larry (Fedora's) system so it made sense.”
Fedora, OSU's former offensive coordinator, was named head coach at Southern Mississippi earlier this month. But passing-based offenses are something Meacham has studied his entire career, including 14 seasons as an offensive coordinator.
When he was at a junior college in Georgia, Meacham studied Hal Mumme, Mike Leach and Guy Morriss, who were together at Valdosta State. Meacham met Rich Rodriguez when Rodriguez was at Tulane.
Meacham, 42, has coached at Georgia Military, a junior college, as well as Division II Henderson (Ark.) State and Division I-AA programs Jacksonville State and Samford.
"At a smaller school you wear all the hats,” Meacham said. "At Georgia Military we started a program from scratch. We lined our own fields. We mowed them. There were times I was the equipment manager, the strength or did the laundry.
"When I took the job at Jacksonville State, they actually had equipment managers and set the dummies. I felt strange not having to pick up the gear. I appreciate it here because I've been on the other side.”
Gundy said that's a quality that made his former OSU teammate an ideal candidate for his staff three years ago.