"I've always been intrigued by guys who have worked at that level,” Gundy said. "When you work at the levels he has you have to really want to do it. They work the same hours that guys do at this level but for not very much money. You barely get by.
"That's tough. It's not like high school where guys stay in the same place. They have to move around. It's a true test to see if you really want to be a (college) football coach.”
Meacham, who played guard and blocked for Barry Sanders, has a whatever-it-takes work ethic and a dash of daredevil. He grew up in Arlington, Texas. His older brother competed in motocross races.
"My brother didn't play sports like I did,” Meacham said. "He raced motorcycles all the time, so I was around it. When I was a kid, we were jumping ramps, jumping people, jumping crash cans. Even after college I dabbled in it.”
He dabbled so much he broke his shoulder when he was age 30, while coaching at Henderson State.
"I was jumping a triple, a 75-foot jump where you have three hills,” Meacham said. "I landed upside down and broke my collarbone. My 7-year-old jumps everything. He's broken his arm and his leg.”
Nearly 20 years ago, Meacham coined the phrase "War Pigs,” a term that became widely known the following year when Sanders won the Heisman Trophy after Meacham graduated.
"It wasn't out there, yet,” Meacham said. "The next year they came out with that label. But technically I came up with it. I even have a picture of the Sun Bowl. You can see ‘War Pigs' written on my towel. I got no credit, but that's OK.”
That's also a good way to describe Meacham. He doesn't care who receives credit as long as the offense continues to rank among the national leaders.
"One of my lifetime goals is to be a coordinator at the Division I level,” Meacham said. "If I ever got that opportunity here that would be exciting. But whatever the decision is, I'll live with it and do the best job I can, march on and keep going.”