STILLWATER — Oklahoma State is about to have two major holes to fill on its offensive staff.
The University of Houston is set to hire Cowboy inside receivers coach Doug Meacham as its offensive coordinator, a source close to the OSU program confirmed to The Oklahoman on Saturday.
The Houston Chronicle first reported Meacham’s imminent hiring, citing a source with knowledge of the situation. The Chronicle reported an official announcement is expected Monday.
OSU coach Mike Gundy is already looking for a new offensive coordinator, a position that was vacated last month when Todd Monken took the head coaching job at Southern Miss.
Meacham, a former OSU offensive lineman, had spent the past eight seasons in Stillwater, helping coach a prolific Cowboy offense that averaged 547 yards and 45.7 points per game in 2012.
At Houston, Meacham will fill the void on staff left by Mike Nesbitt, who was fired after the first game of the 2012 season. Quarterbacks coach Travis Bush, who filled Nesbitt’s role for the rest of the season, will be the co-offensive coordinator and assistant head coach in 2013, according to the Chronicle’s source.
Houston, like OSU, is known for running a high-powered spread offense. Former Cowboy offensive coordinator Dana Holgorsen came from Houston to install the Air Raid attack at OSU in 2010, before leaving after one season. He is now the head coach at West Virginia.
Meacham will inherit a Cougars offense that averaged 480.8 yards and 32.4 points per game in 2012, its first season under head coach Tony Levine. Starting quarterback David Piland, who completed 57.1 percent of his passes for nearly 3,000 yards, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions this past season, will be a redshirt junior in 2013. All-Conference USA second-team running back Charles Sims and leading receiver Dewayne Peace also return.
Before returning to OSU as an assistant coach in 2005, Meacham was the offensive coordinator at Samford (2002-04), Henderson State (1999-2000), Jacksonville State (1997-99) and Georgia Military College (1991-96).