Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy's coaching tree grows another branch

Doug Meachem is the latest assistant to use OSU as a step on the way up the coaching ladder.
By Gina Mizell Published: January 6, 2013
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What does the Meacham move mean, specifically?

Clearly, Meacham wanted to be an offensive coordinator, and wasn't going to get that opportunity at OSU. His situation is much like that of DeForest, who was passed over twice for the Cowboys' defensive coordinator position when Gundy hired Beckman and Bill Young.

Gundy said on Tim Brando's show on Yahoo! Sports Radio last week that he would likely wait until the NFL coaching carousel slowed down before hiring a new offensive coordinator.

Maybe he'll find someone from the pro ranks, like Monken. Or maybe he'll go with a guy with college experience in the spread, perhaps a young gun like East Carolina's Lincoln Riley.

Maybe the new offensive coordinator will bring his own assistant — someone who already knows tendencies and coaching style — to fill Meacham's role. Or maybe those hires will be made independently.

Sure, Gundy wants staff continuity from year to year. But he also recognizes the additional coaching tree branches are a good thing. It's a sign he's built a successful, consistent program.

Especially one with a potent offense that continues to roll, and creates attractive coaching candidates.